Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Feb 14, 2023 / 16:32 pm
South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem signed legislation that will prohibit doctors from prescribing drugs or performing surgeries on minors that are intended to transition the child into a gender that is different from his or her sex.
“South Dakota’s kids are our future,” Noem said in a statement. “With this legislation, we are protecting kids from harmful, permanent medical procedures. I will always stand up for the next generation of South Dakotans.”
House Bill 1080, which passed the House 60-10 and the Senate 30-4, will take effect on July 1. In addition to banning the drugs and surgeries, it sets penalties for doctors who refuse to follow the law and allows minors who are subjected to the drugs or procedures to recover civil damages.
With some exceptions, the new law will ban the administration of drugs to minors that halt the normal puberty process. It also bans the prescription of testosterone, estrogen, or progesterone at levels greater than what would normally be produced in a child of the same age and sex. It also prohibits sterilization or altering sexual organs to artificially make them appear like the sexual organs of the opposite sex. It would further ban the removal of any healthy or non-diseased part of the body.