State lawmakers endure LGBT wrath for pro-child bill

Tuesday, February 4, 2020
 | 
Bob Kellogg (OneNewsNow.com)

surgical instruments 1A South Dakota bill that protects gender-confused children under 16 from life-changing surgery is facing opposition and accusations of hate and discrimination.

State Rep. Fred Deutsch introduced the Vulnerable Child Protection Act, or House Bill 1057, which prohibits the medical community from prescribing powerful drugs, or performing surgery, on transgender youths 16 or younger.

The bill passed the House 46-23 in a vote last month and is now in the Senate Health and Human Services Committee.  

Linda Harvey of Mission America tells OneNewsNow she has some concerns – not about the legislation but about the state’s governor, Kristi Noem.

"She's getting pressure from all kinds of quarters to not support this bill," Havey says of the governor. 

Noem, a Republican serving her first term, told The Association Press she is concerned about legislation that is trying to “fill parenting gaps” with “more government.”

Any legislative issue over transgenders will catch the attention of LGBT activists, which means South Dakota lawmakers are likely getting pummeled by groups such as the Human Rights Campaign and the ACLU that told the AP they oppose the measure. 

Business groups routinely hear from those same groups, too, which warn about being viewed as intolerant and hence losing industries and jobs.

Harvey

Right on cue, in fact, the South Dakota Chamber of Commerce and Industry told the AP it opposes policies that “discriminate” against LGBT people.  

Rep. Jamie Smith, the House Minority Leader, told The Associated Press the state will be labeled as “not welcoming” and “not inclusive” if the bill becomes law.  

Havey, however, says it’s ridiculous that Gov. Noem is citing parental rights.

"Parental rights has never supported something like that: the right for parents to allow their children to be severely harmed by supposedly the latest in medical intervention,” she says.

Comments

We moderate all reader comments, usually within 24 hours of posting (longer on weekends). Please limit your comment to 300 words or less and ensure it addresses the article - NOT another reader's comments. Comments that contain a link (URL), an inordinate number of words in ALL CAPS, rude remarks directed at other readers, or profanity/vulgarity will not be approved. More details

SIGN UP FOR OUR DAILY NEWS BRIEF

FEATURED PODCAST

VOTE IN OUR POLL

How often do you 'mask up' because of the pandemic?

CAST YOUR VOTE

GET PUSH NOTIFICATIONS

SUBSCRIBE

LATEST AP HEADLINES

Schumer: Trump impeachment trial to begin week of Feb. 8
Arizona, 15th state with legal pot, sees recreational sales
Nevada church presses US Supreme Court on COVID-19 limits
Thousands of Hong Kongers locked down to contain coronavirus
Italy takes action against TikTok following girl's death
Pelosi push to impeach Trump heads to Senate
Biden's call for unity ignored by several Democrat senators

LATEST FROM THE WEB

'We'll do something': Trump offers first remarks since leaving office
National Guard mulls keeping a few thousand troops in D.C. until March
California is dead last in administering COVID-19 vaccine after Alabama pulls ahead in key metric
An open letter to Trump supporters
On day one, Biden destroys women’s sports with anti-science executive order

CARTOON OF THE DAY

Cartoon of the Day
NEXT STORY
Lies: Drag queen readers not screened for 'story hour'

Chula Vista websiteBusted: That’s the claim from a watchdog group about public officials who are accused of lying to the public about running a background check on drag queens who read to children at a California public library.