South Dakota shouldn't prohibit doctors from providing gender-affirming care to trans people

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Medical decisions should be made between patients and their doctors – not politicians.

But that's not what some of our elected officials think.

House Bill 1080 would prohibit doctors from providing live-saving gender-affirming care to transgender South Dakotans.

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. Research shows that providing appropriate care to trans kids improves mental health outcomes, including decreased rates of depression and anxiety, substance use, and suicide attempts.

The truth is, gender-affirming care saves lives. Transgender kids, like all kids, deserve a chance to experience joy, to learn in a safe environment, to get the health care that they need, and to survive into adulthood.

We need to send a message loud and clear to our legislators to oppose House Bill 1080. It’s time to stop the attacks on transgender youth and focus on issues that really matter to the people of South Dakota.

Message recipients:
The Senate Health and Human Services Committee

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It's time to stop these attacks on transgender youth and focus on issues that really matter to the people of South Dakota. Please vote no on House Bill 1080.

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