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N.D. criminalizes health care for transgender minors

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Republican North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum signed into law Wednesday a veto-proof bill banning gender-affirming health care for transgender youth.

The bill, House Bill 1254, restricts trans health care in the state, immediately making it a crime to give gender-affirming care to people younger than 18.

PBS NewsHour reported the new law takes effect immediately and allows prosecutors to charge a health care provider with a felony — up to 10 years in prison and $20,000 in fines — for performing sex reassignment surgery on a minor.

It also enables prosecutors to charge a provider with a misdemeanor — up to 360 days in prison and $3,000 in fines — for giving gender-affirming medication, like puberty blockers, to a trans child.

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