Ban On Transgender Procedures For Minors Passes South Dakota House, Heads To Senate

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Earlier this month we reported that a bill had been introduced in the South Dakota House of Representatives that would ban transgender medical procedures on children.

According to Inforum, HB 1057, the Vulnerable Child Protection Act, passed in the House by a 46-23 vote on Wednesday and now heads to the Senate.

If signed into law, the bill would make it a Class 1 misdemeanor for doctors to perform “gender-affirming” operations or surgeries or to prescribe hormone replacement therapy for anyone under the age of 16. The penalty for a Class 1 misdemeanor is a year in jail and a $2,000 maximum fine.

The following procedures, Inforum reports, would be affected:

  • Performing the following surgeries: castration, vasectomy, hysterectomy, oophorectomy, metoidioplasty, orchiectomy, penectomy, phalloplasty and vaginoplasty.

  • Performing a mastectomy.

  • Prescribing, dispensing, administering or otherwise supplying the following medications: Puberty-blocking medication to stop normal puberty, supraphysiologic doses of testosterone to females, supraphysiologic doses of estrogen to males.

  • Removing any otherwise healthy or non-diseased body part or tissue.

The ban, Inforum notes, would only punish doctors and would not hold nurses responsible.

“To me, that’s a crime against humanity when these procedures are done by these so-called doctors … that dance on the edge of medicine,” Republican state Rep. Fred Deutsch, the bill’s original sponsor, told Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council according to The Blaze. “You know, I’m the son of a Holocaust survivor. I’ve had family members killed in Auschwitz. And I’ve seen the pictures of the bizarre medical experiments. I don’t want that to happen to our kids. And that’s what’s going on right now.”

The bill managed to pass in spite of staunch opposition from House Democrats.

“What this is telling me is that it’s OK for the government to involve itself in the private family matters of South Dakotans when it’s convenient for the agenda of some,” said Democratic state Rep. Kelly Sullivan. “Why are we legislating and involving ourselves into some aspects of health care but not others?”

Republican state Rep. Jon Hansen, however, called on the House to “be not afraid” and pass the bill, Inforum reported.

“In the testimony, it was presented that it’s the parents who really consent, it’s not the child,” Hansen said. “That makes sense because the child can’t consent. It’s been covered already. We treat young children differently. We don’t let them smoke, drink, gamble, drive, have sex. It’s a perversion of the whole notion of parental rights to say that a parent can consent to a young child to having sex. We don’t say that. Minors need protection because they’re prone to irrational decisions. They don’t have the reasoning capacity to make these types of decisions.”

The fact that children cannot possibly consent to such massively life-altering and potentially harmful procedures has long been documented by the Gender Health Query, a research group comprised of LGBT individuals who question the current “affirmative model” of care that has overtaken Western medicine.

“Despite most studies showing high rates of comorbid conditions in gender dysphoric teens some affirmation model advocates don’t believe youths need mental health counseling, as their problems are just related to denial of transition,” an article on consent from GHQ reads.

The article proceeds to quote Dr. Johanne Olson-Kennedy, a pediatrician who declared that she doesn’t “send someone to a therapist when I’m going to start them on insulin.”

We should not be putting gender-confused children on the fast-track of irreversible “medical transitioning.” We should be treating these children to restore congruence between their minds and their bodies, not mutilating the latter to match the former.

Reach out to Rep. Deutsch and thank him for this much-needed legislation! If you are a South Dakota resident, urge your state senators to approve the Vulnerable Child Protection Act.

If we win this, we can save countless South Dakotan children from heading down this dark path!

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