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I published a long investigative piece on Thursday about how the transgender movement — buoyed by the resources, lobbying, and political influence of a major healthcare company — has overrun deep-red South Dakota. One of the most damning findings was just how complicit the South Dakota GOP, which has enjoyed supermajorities in the state legislature for decades, has been in this campaign. Dozens of anti-gender ideology bills have been killed by Republican leadership in the state over the course of the past few years:

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Bills that have failed to make it out of the legislature include the expansion of conscience rights for medical practitioners (HB 1247); the prohibition on sex-change surgeries and drugs for children (HB 1057); a ban on changing one’s sex on birth certificates (HB 1076); a bill requiring teachers to inform parents when students express feelings of gender dysphoria (SB 88); mandated reporting of the number of human embryos destroyed in medical facilities (HB 1248); a requirement that students use bathrooms and locker rooms that correspond to their sex (HB 1005); and the establishment of the “fundamental” parental right “to make decisions concerning the upbringing, education and care of a child” (HB 1246). As of February 2021, there had also been seven failed attempts “by South Dakota lawmakers to prevent transgender athletes from competing,” the ACLU said in a press release at the time.

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