The South Dakota Senate has killed the “Vulnerable Child Protection Act” HB 1057 which targeted trans kids and criminalized trans-affirming medical professionals.
ABC News reports that the South Dakota Legislature on Monday effectively killed House Bill 1057, which sought to block physicians in the state from providing puberty blockers and gender confirmation surgery to transgender children under 16.
By a 5-2 vote, the state Senate Health and Human Services Committee sent the bill “to the 41st day,” which means a bill has been effectively killed because the state’s part-time Legislature has only 40 working days.
This is a cause for relief but not a reason for celebration.
HB 1057 and another just like it in Florida which met a similar fate were written by the Heritage Foundation. The authors of these bills never intended on protecting anyone. The Heritage Foundations’ sole intent was to inflict immeasurable pain and death by making it a federal offense to help gender diverse children.
Dominionist’s relentless war on transgender children.
The author of South Dakota’s bill Rep. Fred Deutsch compared the doctors who treat transgender children to Nazis, and gender-affirming surgery to “bizarre medical experiments” in this interview with Tony Perkins president of the Family Research Council. The Family Research Council has been designated a Hate Group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
These proposed laws, if enacted, “would bring devastating harm to the transgender community,” said Chase Strangio, a transgender-rights lawyer with the American Civil Liberties Union.
He warned that the medical bans — now pending in Colorado, Florida, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and South Dakota and likely to surface elsewhere — could trigger suicides among young people yearning to undergo gender transition.
The bills’ goals have been endorsed by several national conservative groups, including Alliance Defending Freedom and Eagle Forum.
“We’ve got lots of legislators working on this,” said Gayle Ruzicka, an activist with Eagle Forum’s Utah chapter. “We don’t let this happen to children.”
The Alliance Defending Freedom is a designated hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. The Eagle Forum was founded and led by arch-paleoconservative and anti-feminist activist Phyllis Schlafly.
This must never happen again.