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Ruth Institute Petition Asks South Dakota Governor to Protect Children from Those Who Call Puberty a Disease

January 22, 2020

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A Ruth Institute petition urges South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem to support legislation to protect minors from puberty blockers, sterilization, disfiguring surgeries, and other medical “gender-modification” attempts.

Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D., Ruth Institute Founder and President, said, “The pharmaceuticals used to block puberty have not been approved for this purpose by the FDA. They have numerous well-documented side effects. The surgeries that attempt to change the sex of the body are irreversible.”



Morse further explained: “So-called transgenderism has no objective definition. No blood test, genetic testing, or brain imaging scans can confirm or deny the existence of a ‘transgender’ condition. Yet some medical professionals are giving harmful pharmaceuticals to, or performing irreversible surgeries on, confused children.”

The Vulnerable Child Protection Act, sponsored by Rep. Fred Deutsch, prohibits the following interventions on minor children:

  • Surgeries including castration, vasectomy, hysterectomy, vaginoplasty, and mastectomy
  • Prescribing, dispensing, or administering medications that block normal puberty, giving testosterone to females or giving estrogen to males
  • Removing a healthy or non-diseased body part or tissue

The petition asks Governor Noem to support South Dakota’s HB 1057, which protects vulnerable children and their families from medical professionals who would treat puberty as a disease.

Morse noted: “Studies show that 85% of gender-confused children eventually become comfortable with the sex of their bodies. For God’s sake, give children the chance to develop normally and make life-altering decisions for themselves as they mature.”

Sign the petition on LifePetitions here.  

Read more on the South Dakota bill here.

The Ruth Institute is a global interfaith non-profit organization equipping Christians to defend the family and build a civilization of love. Find more information on The Ruth Institute here. The Institute will have an exhibit at the 2020 National Pro-life Summit in Washington, D.C. January 25.

Dr. Morse is the author of The Sexual State: How Elite Ideologies Are Destroying Lives.

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Ruth Institute Tells Uganda: Resist Ideological Imperialism

January 7, 2020

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Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D., Founder and President of the Ruth Institute, warned those attending the Uganda National Youth Conference of the new colonialism of the Sexual Revolution.

Morse declared: “The old economic colonialism attempted to dominate the physical resources of the African continent. The new ideological imperialism attempts to dominate the soul of Africa.”

Morse continued: “The Sexual Revolution is not native to Africa. Wealthy and powerful people have spent vast sums of their own money to promote the Sexual Revolution.” These elites have also “captured the use of government and international agencies to impose these ideologies around the world,” especially in traditional societies.

Morse explained that the Sexual Revolution encompasses three main ideologies:



The Contraceptive Ideology – “Everyone is entitled to unlimited sexual activity without a live baby ever resulting. Abortion is the backup plan for an unwanted child.”

The Divorce Ideology – “A good society should separate both sex and babies from marriage. The underlying idea is that children do not really need to have a relationship with both of their parents. A person doesn’t have to be married to have sex or babies.”

The Gender Ideology – “Any differences we observe between men and women are socially constructed and evidence of injustice. The law and culture must eliminate all these differences.” The latest stage is “transgenderism,” meaning, “The sex of the body can be overwritten by technology and social engineering.”

Morse told Ugandans: “All of these ideas are foreign to your country. They were foreign to our country too until very recently.”

She also cautioned against using the terminology of the Sexual Revolution, which comes with built-in assumptions. For instance, “gay” assumes that those with same-sex attraction are a distinct group of people who were “born that way.” Whereas, in reality, there is no “gay gene.” “There is no scientifically established definition of the word gay.” Also, “Sexual orientation is fluid in many people, meaning that it can change.”

Morse said that the elites behind the Sexual Revolution have targeted Africa because Africans are a threat to them. “The ideologues fear your vitality and your fertility and your faith.” The new Western colonialists “want your conformity. They want your hearts and minds.”

Dr. Morse’s speech was delivered on December 12, 2019, to a national youth conference sponsored by the Diocese of Kasana-Luweero, with more than 4,600 in attendance from Congo, Kenya, and all over Uganda.

The Ruth Institute is considering future activities in Africa, including the possibility of its own events.

The full text of Dr. Morse’s speech --“The New Colonialism of The Sexual Revolution” -- is here. 

The Ruth Institute is a global interfaith non-profit organization equipping Christians to defend the family and build a civilization of love.

Dr. Morse is the author of The Sexual State: How Elite Ideologies Are Destroying Lives.

Find more information on The Ruth Institute here.

To schedule an interview with Dr. Morse, email 


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