South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem(R) won her election partly on a campaign promise to sign anti-transgender legislation, unlike her predecessor former republican Governor Dennis Daugaard who vetoed a bathroom bill.
Now Gov. Kristi Noem is having second thoughts faced with the “Vulnerable Child Protection Act” HB 1057 which targets trans kids and criminalizes the medical profession.
This politically motivated bill is slated for a full House vote and will most likely move to the Senate where passage by the Republican majority is assured.
Gov. Noem hasn’t said whether she would sign the bill even with a recent amendment presumably making the notion of jailing doctors more palatable for the ‘crime’ of adhering to prescribed medical doctrine.
The “Vulnerable Child Protection Act” shocked the national consciousness for making felonious the ‘crime’ of adhering to the Hippocratic oath.
Mitigating the shock.
The State Affairs committee amended HB 1057, changing the potential penalty from a Class 4 felony to a Class 1 misdemeanor and the lowering of the age of the targeted minors from 18 to 16.
As amended, any physician, surgeon, physician assistant, clinical nurse specialist, or nurse practitioner found guilty of “attempting to change or affirm the minor’s perception of the minor’s sex” including prescribing hormones blockers would be subject to conviction of a Class 1 misdemeanor with potential punishments of up to one-year imprisonment and up to $2,000 in fines.
The fact, dear SD GOP, is you would still be jailing doctors and killing kids.
I get a lot of hate in this work. I get a lot of people telling me I am too sensitive and hyperbolic. But let me just say that there is no overstating the harm that will come if HB 1057 – a law making trans health care for minors in SD a crime – passes. Kids are going to die.
— Chase Strangio (@chasestrangio) January 22, 2020
The amendment also criminalizes gender-affirming surgical procedures for minors, which is NOT recommended by the medical establishment.
Perhaps Gov. Noem didn’t understand what the republican controlled Legislature unleashed was capable? She offered this to the AP on January 24.
“When you take public policy and try to fill parenting gaps with more government, you have to be very careful about the precedent you’re setting,” Gov. Kristi Noem told reporters.
PRESS RELEASE: Endocrine Society urges policymakers to follow the science on transgender health.
Leading medical authorities, including the Endocrine Society and the World Professional Association for Transgender Health, do not recommend gender-change surgeries for minors. For youths experiencing puberty and older adolescents, the Endocrine Society recommends that a team composed of expert medical and mental health professionals manages treatment, which can include puberty-blocking drugs or hormone therapy.
Out latest study, published yesterday, showing that pubertal suppression for transgender youth is associated with a lower odds of suicidality:https://t.co/kxicH7XsaO
— Jack Turban MD (@jack_turban) January 24, 2020
This the transgender community notes begs a question. Every time we win in sports and in our professional lives, we are accused of having some sort of ‘advantage’. This accusation voiced by the same people who introduced the South Dakota bill would carry no weight if we had been given hormone blockers as minors!
We would be fully physically and physiologically congruent with our gender and have a much better opportunity to assimilate into society.
And given that a recent study of thousands of trans people clearly shows a decreased instance of suicidal ideation when hormone blockers were prescribed at puberty we are left to wonder.
What is the real intent of the South Dakota legislature?
We ask for the sake of our children that Gov. Kristi Noem vetoes this bill should it make it to her desk.