South Dakota Outlaws ‘Gender Affirming Care’ For Minors

( – South Dakota has joined the growing list of states to ban so-called ‘gender-affirming care’ for minors. The use of hormones, puberty blockers, and experimental surgeries to encourage kids to be more comfortable in their bodies is a recent trend, mostly impacting young people on the autistic spectrum.

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem signed their Help Not Harm Bill into state law on Monday, February 13th. The law specifically outlawed any medicalized interventions for kids with symptoms of gender dysphoria, including the use of synthetic hormones, puberty blockers, and cosmetic surgeries. Practitioners who violate the law face civil litigation and the threat of losing their license to practice medicine.

Multiple states are attempting to limit the practice of these protocols on people under the age of 18 due to the existence of adults who have “detransitioned,” that is they were encouraged by medical and psychological experts to take these treatments only later regretting their decision due to complications or lack of success addressing their symptom or both.

The ACLU was not happy, claiming the move would prevent young people from becoming “thriving transgender adults” while ignoring the fact it would also prevent young people (or their parents) from permanently damaging their bodies or reproductive health.

Dr. Michael Egnor is one professional refusing to be cowed by communist intimidation on the subject. He gave an interview with The Federalist where he likened ‘gender-affirming care’ to lobotomies and eugenics. He explained that those two subjects were taught and endorsed by the medical community of their day in the same way the gender-bending of young people is pushed today.

“All of these atrocities were widely accepted in the medical community,” he said. He reminded the audience that the inventor of the lobotomy received a Novel Prize in 1949 for inventing the procedure. He hopes that by speaking out more will follow in his footsteps, including other professionals and parents. In his view, ‘gender-affirming care’ is malpractice and should be criminalized.

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