Republican Governor Kristi Noem signed into law on February 13 a bill that bans the medical gender transitioning of children under the age of 18. Under the new law, healthcare professionals are barred from prescribing or administering puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones (such as testosterone and estrogen) to minors, performing any gender transition surgeries (such as castrations, hysterectomies, and penectomies) on minors, and removing any healthy body parts of minors. If a health care professional violates this law, the state “must revoke any professional or occupational license or certificate held by the health care provider.” In addition, the law allows victims of gender-transition treatments to sue their healthcare providers before the later of their turning twenty-five or within three years of discovering the harm done to them.
Upon signing the bill, Governor Noem stated:
“South Dakota’s kids are our future. With this legislation, we are protecting kids from harmful, permanent medical procedures. I will always stand up for the next generation of South Dakotans.”
South Dakota joins a growing number of states, including Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Utah, that are passing laws to protect minors from the onslaught of the gender transition cartel, which wants to permanently mutilate and sterilize gender-confused children. Significantly, studies show that over 90% of gender-confused youth re-identify with their birth sex by late adolescence. To do permanent damage to our children when in all likelihood they will grow out of their gender confusion is unconscionable—and some states like South Dakota are rightly taking action.
“And the radical LGBT agenda must be defeated….”
Image: Governor Kristi Noem
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