HHS Offers Single 2-Pager in Support of Gender Transition Procedures for Children

HHS Offers Single 2-Pager in Support of Gender Transition Procedures for Children

  • February 7, 2024

S.A. McCarthy, Washington Stand

The Biden administration is admitting it has little basis for claiming that gender transition procedures are “life-saving” or “necessary.” According to the response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request filed by the watchdog organization Protect the Public’s Trust, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is basing its claim that gender transition procedures are “necessary” on a two-page PDF entitled “Gender-Affirming Care and Young People.”

According to The Daily Wire, Protect the Public’s Trust requested “records of scientific evidence, studies, and/or data” which support transgender-identifying Assistant HHS Secretary Rachel Levine’s claim that “‘gender-affirming care is medically necessary, safe, and effective’” for minors.

The document provided by HHS cites one study, conducted by LGBT activist organization The Trevor Project, to support its argument that gender transition procedures — including hormone drugs, puberty blockers, and irreversible surgeries — prevent suicide among youth who identify as transgender. That study found that although 51% of minors who were given gender transition drugs and surgeries were still suicidal, a higher percentage (62%) of minors not undergoing gender transition procedures were also suicidal.

Protect the Public’s Trust issued a letter Tuesday to the HHS Inspector General, demanding Levine be investigated for violating the HHS’s scientific integrity to promote a political agenda. The letter clarified, “This suggests that Assistant Secretary Levine has constantly, continually, ‘everywhere I go,’ made unequivocal statements regarding the medical necessity, safety, and effectiveness of gender-affirming care based entirely upon a single two-page document.”

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