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PIERRE, S.D. — A South Dakota bill that sought to protect the rights of parents to refuse medical or psychological “treatment” for their child if the course of action would affirm the thinking that their son or daughter is anything but their birth sex has been struck down in a legislative subcommittee. Some considered the measure to be unnecessary and discriminatory, while others wanted to ensure protections for parents and guardians surrounding this particular issue.
“A parent has a right to refuse consent to health care treatment of a minor child if the parent believes that the treatment would induce, confirm, or promote the child’s belief that the child’s sex or gender identity is different from the child’s sex presented at birth,” House Bill 1205 read. “No public authority or official of this state may take any adverse action against a parent for exercising this right.”
It defined health care as including “medical, psychiatric, psychological, and counseling services,” and noted that adverse action was to be “construed broadly” to include “any liability, penalty, or other legal disadvantage.” As The Daily Republic outlines, judges, for example, could not use the matter as a reason to deny a parent custody of their child.
The bill had five co-sponsors: Reps. Tom Pischke, R-Dell Rapids; Julie Frye-Mueller, R-Rapid City; Steve Livermont, R-Martin; Tony Randolph, R-Rapid City; and Sen. Phil Jensen, R-Rapid City.
“This bill seeks to put in proper perspective the role of parents in the care and nurture of their children,” Rep.
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