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Reject the Bill to Block Critical Healthcare for Transgender Youth

Some of South Dakota’s most vulnerable teenagers could be denied critical health care if the legislature passes a proposed law. State lawmakers are considering a bill that would make it a criminal offense for doctors, physician assistants, or nurse practitioners to provide gender-affirming health care to transgender youth under age 16. House Bill 1057, misleadingly titled the “Vulnerable Child Protection Act,” makes it a misdemeanor to prescribe puberty blockers or hormone replacement therapy, as well as prohibiting any gender-affirming surgery. Far from protecting vulnerable teenagers, this bill…

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