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Assistant Secretary of Health Rachel Levine, the most senior transgender person in the US government, claimed in a recent interview with NPR that “there is no argument” about “gender-affirming care” among pediatricians and doctors specializing in adolescents.
Levine made the comments ahead of a Saturday speech at Texas Christian University in which Levine blamed the high rate of suicidal ideation among transgender-identifying youth in part on “bullying, scapegoating and bullying.” intentional abuse,” according to prepared remarks to NPR.
“The language of medicine and science is used to drive people to suicide,” Levine also claimed.
“There is no argument among health care professionals — pediatricians, pediatric endocrinologists, adolescent physicians, adolescent psychiatrists, psychologists, etc. — about the value and importance of gender-affirming care,” Levine said. at NPR.
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According to definitions set out in a March Levine Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) fact sheet, “gender-affirming care” includes social affirmation at any age, puberty blockers during puberty and hormone therapy beginning in early adolescence. Irreversible surgery is “typically used in adulthood or on a case-by-case basis in adolescence,” according to the agency.
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In response to the HHS fact sheet, Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo released another fact sheet refuting HHS claims regarding the treatment of minors with gender dysphoria.
Citing a “lack of conclusive evidence and the potential for long-term irreversible effects,” the Florida Department of Health advised against social transition, puberty blockers, hormones and surgery as treatment options for children. and teenagers.
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Levine dismissed Florida’s guidelines as “based on political considerations” and “inappropriate”.
“We have to oppose it from both a medical and a public health perspective,” Levine said.
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