South Dakota Bans Child Sex Change Medical Procedures

South Dakota on Monday banned surgical and non-surgical gender reassignment procedures for minors, with healthcare providers facing the possibility of having their medical licenses revoked if they violate the law, according to a press release.

Governor Kristi Noem “signed HB 1080, the ‘Help Not Harm’ bill, into law,” the release reads. “This bill prohibits certain medical and surgical interventions for minors.”

The law takes effect July 1 and allows patients to seek civil damages if they are harmed by a violation of the law.

“South Dakota’s kids are our future. With this legislation, we are protecting kids from harmful, permanent medical procedures,” Governor Noem said. “I will always stand up for the next generation of South Dakotans.”

The move comes amid a broader push from Republican-led states to restrict gender reassignment procedures for minors, although such procedures are still legal at the federal level and in most states.

Governor Noem has signed 34 bills into law this legislative session, according to the press release.