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A Ruth Institute petition urges South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem to support legislation to protect minors from puberty blockers, sterilization, disfiguring surgeries, and other medical “gender-modification” attempts.

Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D., Ruth Institute Founder and President, said, “The pharmaceuticals used to block puberty have not been approved for this purpose by the FDA. They have numerous well-documented side effects. The surgeries that attempt to change the sex of the body are irreversible.”

Morse further explained: “So-called transgenderism has no objective definition. No blood test, genetic testing, or brain imaging scans can confirm or deny the existence of a ‘transgender’ condition. Yet some medical professionals are giving harmful pharmaceuticals to, or performing irreversible surgeries on, confused children.”

The Vulnerable Child Protection Act, sponsored by Rep. Fred Deutsch, prohibits the following interventions on minor children:

  • Surgeries including castration, vasectomy, hysterectomy, vaginoplasty, and mastectomy
  • Prescribing, dispensing, or administering medications that block normal puberty, giving testosterone to females or giving estrogen to males
  • Removing a healthy or non-diseased body part or tissue

The petition asks Governor Noem to support South Dakota’s HB 1057, which protects vulnerable children and their families from medical professionals who would treat puberty as a disease.

Morse noted: “Studies show that 85% of gender-confused children eventually become comfortable with the sex of their bodies. For God’s sake, give children the chance to develop normally and make life-altering decisions for themselves as they mature.”

Sign the petition on LifePetitions here.

Read more on the South Dakota bill here.

The Ruth Institute is a global interfaith non-profit organization equipping Christians to defend the family and build a civilization of love. Find more information on The Ruth Institute here. The Institute will have an exhibit at the 2020 National Pro-life Summit in Washington, D.C. January 25.

Dr. Morse is the author of The Sexual State: How Elite Ideologies Are Destroying Lives.

To schedule an interview with Dr. Morse, email media@ruthinstitute.org.

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