Representative Fred Deutsch (R-4/Florence) may be keeping the Legislature off of the football field, but he may push the Legislature further into the medical field to promote his theocratic agenda. According to the November 2019 Legislator Update from the Legislative Research Council, Rep. Deutsch attended the Heritage Foundation’s “Summit on Protecting Children from Sexualization” in Washington, D.C. on October 9. The event purported an interest in “preserv[ing] parental rights [and] freedom of conscience,” but the one issue Rep. Deutsch thinks would be good here in South Dakota is another whack at transgender rights:
Representative Deutsch said an idea or solution discussed at the meeting that could benefit South Dakota was to establish legislation to criminalize doctors that provide sex change operations in children [LRC, “Legislator Update—November 2019,” p. 9].
We have people dying of opioid addiction, more children left uninsured by Trumpism, big hospitals charging Uncle Sam for improper procedures, nursing homes and rural hospitals struggling to stay open because of our policy choices… and Rep. Fred Deutsch wants the Legislature to get on his anti-trans hobbyhorse and throw doctors in jail for working with parents to act in the medically diagnosed interests of their children? Grrrr—get ready for another Session spent not solving real problems.
Fred, you’re a legislator and a chiropractor, not a doctor. Let’s leave medicine to medical doctors… and parenting to parents.