UPDATE: Ignoring the warnings of families, advocates, health care providers, and transgender South Dakotans themselves, Gov. Kristi Noem signed House Bill 1080 into law.
House Bill 1080 would prohibit doctors from providing life-saving gender-affirming care to transgender South Dakotans.
The ACLU of South Dakota opposes House Bill 1080. Like all health care, health care for transgender youth is individualized and based on the needs of each particular person. This bill would take away private health care choices around the provision of medical care consistent with prevailing medical and scientific standards. Such choices should be made between a doctor and a patient, not politicians.