Rachel Levine: No arguments about ‘gender-affirming care’ among pediatricians
Jhe top transgender official in the Biden administration argues that “gender-affirming care” is supported by most people in the pediatric industry.
Deputy Health Secretary Rachel Levine said in an interview with NPR on Saturday that the consensus among pediatricians appears to support the use of “gender-affirming” care, which includes procedures such as hormone treatments and surgeries that could help transgender or non-binary people transition to their self-identified gender.
“There is no argument between medical professionals,” Levine told NPR’s Selena Simmons-Duffin. “Paediatricians, pediatric endocrinologists, adolescent physicians, adolescent psychiatrists, psychologists, etc., on the value and importance of gender-affirming care.”
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Levine also touched on a recent fact sheet contest between the federal government and Florida. The Bureau of Population Affairs released a fact sheet supporting “gender-affirming” care in March, which included arguments that care “improves the mental health and general well-being of children and adolescents from various kinds”.
In response, Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo released his own fact sheet discouraging families from pursuing gender transition procedures “due to the lack of conclusive evidence and the potential for irreversible long-term effects.” .
Levine argued that Ladapo’s fact sheet was based on “political considerations”, a decision Levine does not consider appropriate.
“We have to oppose this from a medical and public health perspective,” Levine said.
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Levine also condemned Texas’ investigations into parents of transgender children, saying their conduct was “egregious” and “politically motivated.”
The Biden administration is expected to finalize two proposals this year that could have immense effects on gender transition procedures and religious freedom. The first proposal would update Obamacare’s civil rights provisions to clarify that prohibitions against sex discrimination apply to sexual orientation and gender identity. Another would require certain health care plans to include coverage for gender transition procedures under certain circumstances.