North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum has signed a legislation that bans transgender health care in the state and makes it illegal to provide gender-affirming treatment to anyone under the age of 18.

A healthcare professional who performs sex reassignment surgery on a juvenile may be charged with a crime under the new law. It is effective immediately and it carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in jail and $20,000 in penalties.

Additionally, it gives prosecutors the power to charge a provider for giving a transgender child gender-affirming medicine like puberty blockers. Such a crime would be punishable by up to 360 days in jail and $3,000 in penalties.

Republican lawmakers voted in favor of the bill that Burgum signed, overriding their veto, though several Republicans did join the Democrats in voting against it.

Burgum (R-N.D.) released a statement saying that the law is “aimed at protecting children from the life-altering ramifications of gender reassignment surgeries.” However, he says that medical professionals have testified that these surgeries have not been and are not currently being performed on minors in North Dakota. (Excerpt from One America News.)


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