Deutsch introduces bill on gender transition operations and treatment for minors

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – 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 Florence 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.