South Dakota set to ban performing extreme transgender procedures on minors
Governor expected to sign bill after it passes state senate.
South Dakota is projected to ban nearly all forms of extreme transgender medical procedures being performed on children in the state after the senate there overwhelmingly passed a bill ordering the policy.
The bill, which Republican Gov. Kristi Noem is expected to sign, would forbid doctors from prescribing drugs such as puberty blockers and/or synthetic hormones meant to mimic those of the opposite sex.
Doctors would also be barred from performing irreversible surgeries on minors such as castrations and hysterectomies, which transgender-identified patients often undergo in order to try and approximate the body of someone of the opposite sex.
The bill passed the Senate on a 30-4 vote.