HHS Exposed for Lacking Scientific Evidence of Claims Regarding ‘Gender-Affirming Care’ for Children

HHS Exposed for Lacking Scientific Evidence of Claims Regarding ‘Gender-Affirming Care’ for Children

  • February 6, 2024

Morgonn McMichael, TPUSA

The Department of Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary Rachel Levine is the first openly transgender-identifying individual to hold an office that requires Senate confirmation. Levine, a biological man who says he is a woman, has been an outspoken advocate for transgender issues, particularly for minors who identify as transgender and wish to undergo certain medical treatments such as hormone therapy and puberty blockers.

But now, the nonprofit watchdog group Protect the Public’s Trust (PPT) has filed a Freedom of Information Act request to obtain records from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that support pro-transgender claims that have been articulated. The request is specifically intended to obtain records “records of scientific evidence, studies, and/or data to support the Assistant Secretary’s claim that ‘gender-affirming care is medically necessary, safe, and effective for trans and non-binary youth.”

In response to this, HHS was only able to provide the nonprofit a two-page PDF document.

According to a report by The Daily Wire, PPT has requested that the HHS Inspector General open an investigation into Levine for “violating the Department’s scientific integrity policies by making politically-motivated declarations and misrepresenting scientific evidence.”

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