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The willingness of almost every segment of our society to abuse our children is mind-blowing. How is it possible that parents, the medical and psychiatric community, teachers, and legislators are prepared to destroy lives by promoting transgender treatments with little scientific data to support their efforts? Even as information emerges that their ideology is false and unethical, they persist in pursuing their goals. Fortunately, Gov. Ron DeSantis and his Surgeon General, Joseph Ladapo, refuse to comply with the demands of these ideologues. They are stopping the Medicaid funding for transgender procedures.
Recently a young 17-year-old woman named Chloe Cole spoke at a public hearing in Florida about her own disastrous experience:
‘I really didn’t understand all of the ramifications of any of the medical decisions that I was making,’ Chloe Cole, 17, said at a public hearing Friday. She said she was medically transitioned from ages 13 to 16, taking so-called puberty-blocking drugs and testosterone, and undergoing surgery to remove her breasts at age 15. ‘I was unknowingly physically cutting off my true self from my body, irreversibly and painfully.’
SG Ladapo confirms her assessment and warned against transgender medical interventions for children:
‘Medicalization of minors with gender dysphoria might advance the political views of physicians involved in their care, but the data showing any benefits for the actual children is extraordinarily thin,’ the surgeon general told Fox News Digital. ‘The affirmation model runs an unacceptably high risk of harm.’
‘Parents are threatened with fears of suicide, but the treatments have not been shown to actually reduce this risk,’ he added. ‘These patients need compassionate care of their emotional and mental well-being—not to be in embroiled in political views about sex/gender.’
Although there is no consensus about transgender interventions, there is plenty of support for doing more research before these actions are taken:
Dr. Matthew Benson, a board-certified pediatric endocrinologist in Jacksonville, testified that he agrees with the AHCA’s rule. ‘I think the data on which the gender-affirmative model is based is not scientific,’ he said. He cited studies from Sweden and Denmark showing extremely high rates of suicide among people who took transgender interventions, and concluded, ‘We need better data, we need long-term perspective trials where we can look at adverse effects. We need much more robust data to justify these kinds of very robust therapies.’
When the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) proposed this new rule, several organizations pushed back, such as the LGBTQ groups and the American Pediatric Association, and supporters of the rule were characterized as extremist and religious advocates.
This is a summary of the rule:
The proposed rule centers on treatment for gender dysphoria, which the federal government defines as clinically ‘significant distress that a person may feel when sex or gender assigned at birth is not the same as their identity.’
Under the proposed rule, the Medicaid program would not cover puberty-blocking medication, hormones and hormone ‘antagonists,’ sex-reassignment surgeries and any ‘other procedures that alter primary or secondary sexual characteristics.’
The proposal also would establish that such treatments don’t meet a definition of ‘medical necessity.’ That is important because, by law, services provided in the Medicaid program must be deemed medically necessary.
The agency, which oversees the state’s Medicaid program, issued a report last month to back denying coverage of the treatments, which it said were ‘not consistent with generally accepted professional medical standards and are experimental and investigational.’
Although it isn’t clear when the rule will go into effect, it does not need to be enacted by the legislature. DeSantis’s critics claim he has approved the rule in anticipation of the 2022 election. Yet all the arguments supporting the rule included here point to the lack of scientific data, lack of long-term research, lack of medical necessity, and lack of medical standards.
More governors need to call out this misuse and abuse of Medicaid funds.
They have an obligation to protect our children.Published in