Rachel Levine, a four-star admiral and Assistant Secretary for Healthcare are one of her many accomplishments. She claimed she was the highest-ranking transgender official in America. She claimed in remarks shared Saturday with NPR that all pediatricians agree on “gender-affirming care,” which can include puberty-blocking drugs all the way up to non-reversible surgical procedures.
There is no argument among medical professionals – pediatricians, pediatric endocrinologists, adolescent medicine physicians, adolescent psychiatrists, psychologists, etc. – about the value and the importance of gender-affirming care.
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It is obvious that not everyone is on the same page.
The US Department of Health recently defined this phrase in a factsheet: gender-affirming healthcare is a type of supportive healthcare.
Transgender children and teens need early gender-affirming treatment. This is crucial for their health and well-being. They can focus on their social transitions and feel more confident when navigating the healthcare system.
It’s not difficult to question the safety and efficacy of gender-affirming care, especially for young people. The Florida State Department of Health recently came to an opposite conclusion and issued its own guidance. Florida’s view:
* Children should not be encouraged to consider social gender transition for their treatment.
* Anyone under 18 should not be prescribed hormone therapy or hormonal blockers.
* Gender reassignment is not a treatment option for children or adolescents.
* Based on the evidence, encouraging mastectomy, penile disablement, uterine expiration and ovariectomy are all clinical practices that pose an unacceptable risk of causing harm.
* Children and adolescents should be supported by their families and peers
* Counseling by a licensed provider
Sunshine State claims that these recommendations are based upon studies and recommendations from France, Sweden, and Finland.
Other critics also have concerns about gender-affirming healthcare. Abigail Shrier is the author of “Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing our Daughters”, which Target banned for a while.
Gender dysphoria is a condition that causes severe discomfort in biological sexual sex. This condition was rare until recently. Gender dysphoria first developed in childhood, and it affected nearly exclusively men.
Today, though, entire schools and colleges across the nation are accepting the term “transgender.” These girls didn’t know there was any discomfort in biological sexual sex until they were informed by a speaker at school assemblies, or from the online community made up of trans “influencers”. ”
Trans YouTube stars, gender-affirming teachers, and therapists are being criticized by parents. These individuals push life-changing interventions that could lead to permanent infertility for young girls. They include medically unnecessary double mastectomy and puberty blockers.
The website Sex Change Regret allows people who are remorseful about their transition experiences to share their stories. According to the site, “as high as 20% of people who have changed “have regrets.”
An American Academy of Pediatrics report for 2018 has been released. It details concerns that the Biden administration seems to ignore.
Gender transitions and gender affirmation may be helpful to some people. Dr. Levine seems happy and successful. However, when we’re talking about life-changing decisions being made by the very young, it’s ludicrous to say “everyone agrees” or the “science is settled.” Whenever the left utters either of those phrases, they mean, shut up and don’t ask questions.
Regarding hormone blockers and irreversible surgeries, every question should be asked, long-term effects should be evaluated, and rigorous studies should be continuous. Dr. Levine is plain wrong—there is no consensus on gender-confirming care for the young. In fact, there is plenty of healthy debate, as there should be.