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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.

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