Dear Nurses, you would be subject to arrest, imprisonment and loss of your nursing licenses should this bill and the other 7 that were filled pass.
The SD House State Affairs Committee amended HB 1057, changing the potential penalty from a Class 4 felony to a Class 1 misdemeanor and the lowering of the age of the targeted minors from 18 to 16.
As amended, any physician, surgeon, physician assistant, clinical nurse specialist, or nurse practitioner found guilty of “attempting to change or affirm the minor’s perception of the minor’s sex” including prescribing hormones blockers would be subject to conviction of a Class 1 misdemeanor with potential punishments of up to one-year imprisonment and up to $2,000 in fines.
The bills to 'protect vulnerable children' are a coordinated attack against healthcare providers after the Heritage Foundation failed to pass bathroom bills, which they also authored, the last few sessions.
You are being targeted by the Heritage Foundation and other far-right groups because you are, as we have seen from the lack of outrage expressed here, the most compliant, and therefore a target of opportunity.
I am not a medical professional but I am transgender and have been writing about our people since 2007.
Kelli Anne Busey