Please understand this is not about safety or helping kids, it is about erasing trans people. Puberty blockers should be started for trans kids just puberty starts. They do no harm, they simply stop the effect of the hormones from affecting the body to make / change gender characteristics. This is important because that lets a person who is trans keep from looking like the wrong gender. A trans girl wants and should be allowed to look like a female, not forced to look like a boy in drag. Same with trans boys, they should be allowed to look like males. The blockers do not harm as if they are stopped regular puberty begins. It simply is delayed but the process starts and continues as it would if the blockers were not used. No one is letting kids get vasectomies and sexual reassignment surgery. It is a scare tactic just like the misinformation about puberty blockers. This is all about hurting and stopping people from identifying as trans. It is another case of legislators wanting to be between the patient and their doctor. Hugs
South Dakota has proposed 16 anti-trans measures in recent years. Now the GOP wants to imprison doctors
House Bill 1057 would make it a felony to prescribe puberty blockers and hormones to people under 18 years of age and bans surgeries like vasectomy and vaginoplasty.
The bill was introduced by Republican state Rep. Fred Deutsch and has already drawn more than 40 co-sponsors in the Republican-dominated legislature.
This part is just a lie. The medications are not dangerous and are used all over the world and the US without complications. Rep. Fred Deutsch is wrong and using debunked scare tactics to outrage people.
“Children need to wait until they’re mature to do it,” he said, arguing that the procedures and medications barred under the bill are “dangerous” because of the psychological and physical effects they have on young people.
Harvard psychiatrist Dr. Jack Turban, who researches the mental health of transgender youth, told NBC that it is “unsettling to see state legislators proposing that standard medical care, as outlined by The American Academy of Pediatrics, The American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and The Endocrine Society, should be a felony.”
The Endocrine Society and World Professional Association of Transgender Health both recommend puberty blockers and hormone treatments for transgender teens, though both organizations also recommend delaying surgeries until 18 years old. The report noted that only a quarter of transgender and gender non-conforming adults have reported undergoing transition-related surgery.
“Transgender kids, like all kids, deserve a chance to experience joy, to learn in a safe environment, to get the health care that they need, and to survive into adulthood,” said the ACLU’s Libby Skarin. “When the government proposes laws that would stigmatize them and undermine their care, they lose those opportunities.”
“The spate of anti-trans bills in South Dakota and elsewhere in recent years reflects an intentional strategy on the part of the anti-LGBTQ right wing,” wrote Gordon-Loebl. “Having lost the fight on gay marriage and recognizing the increasing national acceptance of lesbian gay and bisexual people, groups like [Alliance Defending Freedom] — alongside the Trump administration — have decided to pick off trans people, who are in many ways the most vulnerable and least protected members of the LGBTQ community.”