January 23, 2020

House Bill 1057, legislation that would criminalize doctors for providing medically necessary care for transgender youth, will go to the House floor for a full chamber vote next week.

The ACLU of South Dakota opposes HB 1057. No other state has passed a law like HB 1057. It is unconstitutional to single out one group of people and categorically ban all care, no matter how medically necessary.

“By blocking medical care supported by every major medical association, this legislation represents a callous disregard for the health and wellness of South Dakota’s transgender youth, some of the most vulnerable people in our state,” said Heather Smith, executive director of the ACLU of South Dakota. “We want South Dakotans to know that we are investigating all of our legal options. If this bill becomes law, it will be challenged. We will see you in court.”

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