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South Dakota passes bill to ban treatments for trans youth

South Dakota passes bill to ban treatments for trans youth.
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Trans youth in South Dakota are facing legislation that would make illegal any transition procedures, including hormone treatment and surgery for people under the age of 16.

House Bill 1057 passed with a whopping 46-23 vote in the Republican-controlled senate.

If signed into law, doctors would face misdemeanor charges if they are found to have assisted children under 16 with treatments affecting gender expression.

The primary sponsor of the bill, State Rep. Fred Deutsch (R), tweeted about the bill's passage saying it would protect "confused children." who are "being chemically castrated, sterilized, and surgically mutilated.”

This statement was lighter in comparison to an earlier one he made, then backtracked on, in which he said assisting trans youth medically reminded him of "bizarre medical experiments,” that took place during World War II.

The bill might make it to the desks of the state Senate as early as next week but pro-LGBT organizations are ready to fight back.

“By blocking medical care supported by every major medical association, the legislature is compromising the health of trans youth in dangerous and potentially life-threatening ways,” said Libby Skarin, policy director for the ACLU of South Dakota.

Alphonso David, president of HRC, said in his statement that the bill's only real purpose is to discriminate. 

“If HB 1057 were to become law, it would send a strong message to trans youth that they are less than their peers and that lawmakers in the Capitol know better than doctors, parents and trans youth,” he said