Rachel Levine under fire after HHS offers single study to back claims that child sex changes are ‘necessary’ healthcare

Rachel Levine under fire after HHS offers single study to back claims that child sex changes are ‘necessary’ healthcare

  • February 7, 2024

Katie Daviscourt, The Post Millenial

Rachel Levine, the trans-identifying Assistant Secretary for the US Department of Health and Human Services, is under fire over allegations that Levine violated the department’s scientific integrity policies by claiming that it’s “necessary” for transgender youth to receive “gender-affirming care.”

Levine is accused of making politically motivated declarations and misrepresenting scientific evidence after a watchdog group, Protect the Public’s Trust, filed a Freedom of Information Act request to the HHS to obtain scientific data that backs up Levine’s ongoing claims that “gender-affirming care is medically necessary, safe, and effective for trans and non-binary youth,” the Daily Wire reports.

The HHS was not able to provide substantial evidence and only produced one non-scientific document that declares, “research demonstrates that gender-affirming care improves the mental health and overall well-being of gender-diverse children.”

On Tuesday, Protect the Public’s Trust requested for the HHS Inspector General to launch an open investigation into the matter, claiming that Levine is violating the department’s scientific integrity policies by making politically motivated declarations and misrepresenting scientific evidence, according to the complaint obtained by the Daily Wire.

The director of the organization, Michael Chamberlain, told the Daily Wire that the department’s failure to substantiate its assertions with evidence is “why trust in government health officials has evaporated.”

“When we asked HHS to provide this data, all they offered was a single two-page information sheet with links to cherry-picked, often activist-generated research to justify irreversible and possibly dangerous measures,” said Chamberlain. “Meanwhile, European health services are actively withdrawing their support for these therapies. Even in the face of this, the Assistant Secretary accuses skeptics of ideological motives.”

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