Gov Noem Signs Bill Banning Child Transgender Surgeries in South Dakota

South Dakota’s Republican Governor Kristi Noem has signed a bill to ban children from being put through sex-change surgeries and other life-altering transgender treatments in the state.

The legislation prohibits healthcare professionals from providing sex reassignment surgeries, puberty blockers, and hormones to minors.

The measure bars healthcare professionals from knowingly providing services meant to validate a minor’s perceived identity that conflicts with the child’s actual biological sex.

The banned services include puberty blockers, various surgeries, and testosterone, estrogen, or progesterone in quantities larger than would not naturally be present in a patient.

The legislation also lays out penalties in the event that a professional or occupational licensing board determines that someone has run afoul of the prohibition.

In such an event, “the board must revoke any professional or occupational license or certificate held by the healthcare professional.”

Noem, who entered office in 2019, secured reelection in 2022.

“South Dakota’s kids are our future,” Noem said, according to a press release from her office.

“With this legislation, we are protecting kids from harmful, permanent medical procedures.”

“I will always stand up for the next generation of South Dakotans.”

The commonsense legislation comes as cultural debate continues to rage over issues pertaining to radical leftist gender ideology.

The far-left American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has fired back over the ban.

“Today is a heartbreaking and tragic day for thousands of South Dakotans and their families,” the ACLU and the ACLU of South Dakota declared in a joint statement, according to a press release.

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“This ban won’t stop South Dakotans from being trans, but it will deny them critical support that helps struggling transgender youth grow up to become thriving transgender adults.

“But make no mistake–this fight is not over.

“We will never stop fighting for the right of trans youth to get the love, support, and care that every young person deserves.

“As much as Governor Noem wants to force these young people to live a lie, we know they are strong enough to live their truth, and we will always fight for communities and policies that protect their freedom to do so.”

READ MORE: Mother Regrets Putting 4-Year-Old Son Through ‘Gender Transition,’ Likens Transgender Ideology to ‘a Cult’

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By Frank Bergman

Frank Bergman is a political/economic journalist living on the east coast. Aside from news reporting, Bergman also conducts interviews with researchers and material experts and investigates influential individuals and organizations in the sociopolitical world.

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