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South Carolina Senate Passes ‘Help, Not Harm’ Bill

Legislation banning sex changes by minors could soon land on governor’s desk …

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The South Carolina Senate overwhelmingly approved a bill this week that would prohibit sex change procedures for minors – positioning South Carolina to become the 25th state in the country to ban these “experimental, life-altering gender-transition procedures.”

The legislation previously cleared the S.C. House by an overwhelming margin – and should that chamber concur with the Senate’s version of the bill, it would head to the desk of governor Henry McMaster.

“Children must be left to experience childhood undeterred by the predations of radical gender ideology,” said state senator Danny Verdin, chairman of the Senate’s medical affairs committee.

The legislation would further prevent government-run schools in the Palmetto State – which are driving this ideology – from keeping parents “in the dark” about the status of their children as it relates to these issues.

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Not surprisingly, the left-leaning mainstream media assailed the bill as an attack on “gender transition health care” or “gender affirming care.” According to these outlets, minors should have the right to make irreversible decisions about their genders – without parental consent – and make taxpayers subsidize those choices.

The bill (H. 4624) would prohibit any “physician, mental health provider or other health care professional” from providing “gender transition procedures” to minors – including sex change surgeries and the use of puberty blocking drugs and hormones.

“A physician who knowingly performs genital gender reassignment surgery in violation of this chapter is guilty of inflicting great bodily injury upon a child,” the legislation stated.

The proposed law would also prohibit the S.C. Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS) – the Palmetto State’s Medicaid agency – from reimbursing or providing coverage for such procedures. 

“Public funds may not be used directly or indirectly for gender transition procedures,” the bill noted.

Finally, the legislation would impose an affirmative obligation on staff at government-run schools in South Carolina to notify parents in the event children assert that their gender is “inconsistent” with their sex – and to refrain from “encouraging or coercing” children to keep such revelations a secret.

Twenty-seven Republicans and one Democrat voted for the bill. Seven Democrats and one independent voted against it. Several Democrats who were present in the chamber during the debate – and who voted on proposed amendments to the legislation – did not vote.

Here is the final roll call …

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This media outlet strongly supports the Senate-modified version of H. 4624. We would encourage the House to adopt it – and the governor to sign it – without delay. These procedures constitute child abuse, plain and simple, and they should be outlawed.

Frankly, the fact that a new statute must be passed memorializing the fact that these procedures constitute child abuse is disappointing … we should all intuitively know and accept this truth as a society.

As I have often noted, adults who decide to indulge their mental illness are free to do so – and to butcher and poison their bodies as they see fit. We are not obligated as a culture to respect those choices, however, and we certainly are not obligated as taxpayers to subsidize them.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR …

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Will Folks is the founding editor of the news outlet you are currently reading. Prior to founding FITSNews, he served as press secretary to the governor of South Carolina and before that he was a bass guitarist and dive bar bouncer. He lives in the Midlands region of the state with his wife and eight children.

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7 comments

CongareeCatfish Top fan May 3, 2024 at 12:48 pm

The notion of cutting off a 15 yr old female’s breasts and then taking a tube- slice of forearm muscle from each arm and stitching it together to resemble a franken-penis (that will never be erect or have any sensation of the real thing) and then stitching it onto her sewn-up vaginal mound, then attempt to route urinating plumbing through said franken-penis. and then making her take male hormones that her body will constantly and naturally fight against for the rest of her miserable life as “gender affirming care” sounds like something horrifically cruel the Joker would do to a kidnapped victim in the basement of Arkham asylum. Oh, and then the poor girl can be in debt for the rest of her life until the marxist federal government provides her with sex-change loans that they will later forgive on the taxpayers’ back.

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Squishy123 (the original) May 3, 2024 at 5:31 pm

Is that the adadictomy procedure?

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SubZeroIQ May 4, 2024 at 5:32 pm

It is abuse of not only children but also of Science and Medicine itself.
Since when are external hormones to otherwise hormonally-gender-appropriate children “safe and effective”?
Have we forgotten?
Have we forgotten how so-called “hormone replacement therapy” for menopause turned out to be harmful?
Have we forgotten how growth hormone and testosterone for young athletes turned out to be harmful?

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ZubZeroIQ May 4, 2024 at 5:43 pm

FITS, I want to make a good scientific, useful comment on the HARMFUL history of external hormones to otherwise normal people.
Why won’t you let through?
What is wrong with you?

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Anonymous May 4, 2024 at 5:44 pm

FITS, I want to make a good scientific, useful comment on the HARMFUL history of external hormones to otherwise normal people.
Why won’t you let through?
What is wrong with you?

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Anonymous May 4, 2024 at 5:45 pm

I’ll put my comment in nonetheless:
Remember out being told the pill was safe and effective?

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Government So Small It Controls Your Body May 6, 2024 at 8:41 am

Got to love an anti-trans bill devolving to getting rid of birth control in the comments.

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