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No WaPo, the South Dakota Transgender Bill Is Not about the Culture Wars

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South Dakota’s House State Affairs Committee voted 8–5 yesterday to consider a bill — the Vulnerable Child Protection Act — that would make it a misdemeanor for doctors to chemically or surgically interfere with a gender-confused child’s sexual development. The bill — which can be read here — will drop on the House floor Monday.

The Washington Post’s report on the decision would give the impression that this is nothing more than the usual culture wars nonsense, a Here-We-Go-Again of bigoted conservatives versus progressives and professionals. Representative Fred Deutsch (R.), the bill’s co-sponsor, “has framed the bill as ‘homegrown’ but said he consulted with conservative groups such as the Liberty Counsel and the Kelsey Coalition as he was drafting it,” the Post reporters wrote, inaccurately. Indeed, the Kelsey Coalition’s website clearly indicates that they are a “non-partisan, unfunded, volunteer-run organization” with a “singular mission to promote........

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