South Dakota lawmakers consider banning transgender operations for minors
PIERRE, S.D. — Lawmakers in South Dakota are considering whether to ban doctors from performing gender-transition operations and treatment on minors.
A bill introduced to the Republican-dominated Legislature would make it a felony for doctors to perform surgeries or administer hormone therapy to help minors change gender.
Rep. Fred Deutsch, the Republican who introduced the bill, called the proposed a “pause button” for minors considering gender-transition operations.
The proposed law would not apply to children born with ambiguous or conflicting genitalia.