South Dakota governor signs ban on health care for transgender youth
PIERRE, South Dakota (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Christy Noem signed a bill Monday to ban sex-confirmed caregiving for transgender people under the age of 18.
The bill, which was strongly supported by the Republican governor, would ban the administration of puberty blockers, sex hormones, and gender-affirmation surgery to minors. Health care providers who violate the new law, effective July 1, risk civil lawsuits and lose their professional or professional licenses.
South Dakota was among more than two dozen conservative states considering similar measures this year.
Opponents of the bill, including medical professionals, lawyers and transgender youth, have argued that such bans help young people psychologically and reduce the risk of juvenile suicide. They also argued that it was government abuse of health care decisions and a violation of patients’ civil rights.
Supporters of the bill said it protects young people from making medical decisions that could harm them for the rest of their lives.
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