Fox News host Tucker Carlson called out Arkansas’s Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson Tuesday during an interview on his decision to veto a bill that would ban doctors in his state from prescribing puberty-blocking drugs, according to Breitbart News.
The state legislator sent a bill to the governor’s desk that would stop doctors from prescribing drugs that Carlson referenced as “chemical castration” medication, something conservatives have fought hard for nationwide.
However, Hutchinson vetoed the bill, which makes a way for doctors to prescribe the life-altering drugs to minors.
The governor defended his move saying that he was staying true to his small-government tenants in choosing not to make the decision for doctors or the children they treat:
“If this had been a bill that simply prohibited chemical castration, I would have signed the bill. But Tucker, as you know, this bill was overbroad. It was extreme,” Hutchinson said during his interview.
The governor then addressed some of the differences he saw, saying “But this again, is the first law in the nation that invokes the state between medical decisions, parents who consent to that, and the decision of the patient and so this goes way too far, and in fact, it does even have a grandfather clause that those young people that are under hormonal treatments, they have to be cut off from it.”
Carlson then questioned why Hutchinson would consider it important “for conservatives to make certain that children can block their puberty? Be chemically castrated? Why is that a conservative value, if you would tell us?”
The Arkansas governor’s answer was less than satisfactory for anyone who believes in the moral underpinning of the American system of government.
Hutchinson said parents were involved in a “very difficult decision” about children who want these drugs and went on to make a confusing statement about medical rights and the Republican party saying, “And I go back to William Buckley, I go back to Ronald Reagan, to principles of our party, which believes in a limited role of government.”