Come to the Capitol for a day of inspiration, networking, and encouragement! Join us February 11 in Pierre, as we take everyone through a hands-on experience of how their State Government works and how we as Christians can be salt and light in this arena!
HB1096 is an act to stop the business of commercial surrogacy in South Dakota. Commercial surrogacy is a practice that a New York task force previously labeled as “indistinguishable from the buying and selling of children.”
Below is a video of Jennifer Lahl and Kelly Martinez giving testimony in front of the House Judiciary Committee in South Dakota. Jennifer Lahl is a widely recognized expert on the topic of surrogacy, and Kelly Martinez is a mother from the Custer area who has been taken advantage of by abusive surrogacy contracts.
PIERRE, S.D. – Rep. Fred Deutsch Tuesday introduced the Vulnerable Child Protection Act, a bill to prevent medical harm against children struggling with questions about their identity.
Deutsch, who represents South Dakota’s 4th District, is a
civic leader who has devoted his life to protecting and helping children
– as a school board member, in his work with the Boys and Girls Club,
Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, and now as a legislator. The Vulnerable
Child Protection Act’s singular objective is to shield children from
“Every child in South Dakota should be protected from dangerous drugs
and treatments,” said Deutsch. “The solution for children’s
identification with the opposite sex isn’t to poison their bodies with
mega-doses of the wrong hormones, to chemically or surgically castrate
and sterilize them, or to remove healthy breasts and reproductive
organs. The solution is compassionate care, and that doesn’t include
catastrophically and irreversibly altering their bodies.”
No studies have shown that these drugs and procedures are safe for
children, but the permanent harm they can do is undeniable. However,
parents are frequently given inaccurate, incomplete, and sometimes false
information about the dangers of these treatments.
“Parents are further told that these treatments are well-studied,
safe, and necessary. They are warned that if they do not consent to
medical treatment, their child will be at higher risk of suicide,” said
Deutsch. “But there’s no evidence to support this claim. Kids who are
contemplating suicide require evaluation and treatment for conditions
such as depression and anxiety. Castration, hysterectomies, puberty
blockers and high dose hormones are not treatments for psychological
The hasty intervention for children who are unsure of their identity
ignores the experiences of the vast majority of young people. The
Vulnerable Child Protection Act will prevent clinics and practitioners
from pushing children and their parents to the point of no return.
“An ever-increasing number of people who had so called sex
reassignment as minors now find themselves regretting the decision as
they’ve matured. Performing irreversible sex reassignment on a minor
whose brain is still developing is wrong,” Deutsch continued. “But we
can try to prevent harm to those who may later regret it by hitting the
pause button before someone pushes a child into a mistake today that
cannot be corrected tomorrow.”
Join us for the 2020 Ministry Leaders’ Capitol Summit!
February 6, 9:00am (CST) – Capitol Lake Visitor Center
Every year, pastors, priests, and para-church ministry leaders come to the Capitol for a day of inspiration, networking, and encouragement! Join us February 6 in Pierre, as we take everyone through a hands-on experience of how their State Government works and how we as Christians can be salt and light in this arena!
Due to weather we rescheduled our Aberdeen Legislative Report Luncheon, and added dinner in Mitchell to the agenda! On April 29 we will be joining SD Right to Life in Aberdeen for a luncheon, then going to Mitchell that evening for dinner! Click the links below for more information on each event and to register!