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How Anti-Trans Legislation Cost Rural South Dakota a Doctor

It was already difficult to recruit physicians to rural areas before Gov. Kristi Noem made anti-trans laws her hallmark.


Episode Notes

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem has made anti-trans legislation a trademark of her term, but singling out trans people—and those who provide them medical care—comes at a cost to the state and its residents. It left the tiny rural town of Webster with only one physician.

Guest: Mayson Bedient, a family medicine and gender-affirming care specialist in Fargo, North Dakota

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