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Dr. Rachel Levine speaks out against bills targeting transgender athletes, health care

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Tennessee, Arkansas, and South Dakota — have signed legislation or issued executive orders barring transgender youth from competing in sports based on their gender identity, with several more states weighing similar measures.

Additionally, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson appears poised to sign a bill banning transgender minors from accessing gender-affirming care and allowing insurance companies to deny coverage for transition-related care, regardless of the age of the patient.

Similar bills are currently working their way through the legislature in Alabama and Tennessee.Speaking to NPR in an interview, Levine said the recent spate of bills is “really challenging to see.” She particularly questioned the necessity of bills blocking transgender.

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