President Joe Biden’s choice for Assistant Secretary for Health has come under fire for supporting hormone treatment and gender reassignment surgery for pre-pubescent children with gender dysphoria.
The National Pulse reported this week that Dr. Rachel Levine, the Pennsylvania Secretary of Health, supports young gender-dysphoric adolescents receiving puberty blockers, cross-gender hormone injections, and eventually surgery as part of the transition process.
“For prepubertal children,” Levine said in 2017 during a speech at Franklin & Marshall College, “they might present in different ways. They might present at school in the gender they were identified at birth, or they might present as the other gender, or they might be more gender-fluid.”
She tweeted last month: “A new study has found that #Transgender youth with access to a puberty blocker have decline in chances of suicide + #mentalhealth problems now and in the future. This study is important because it's the first to show this specific association.”
Levine is a transgender woman herself, and would be the first openly transgender federal official to be confirmed by the Senate.
The National Pulse said that “Levine’s radical transgender ideology,” makes her “unfit” for the position.
“It is unclear whether any senators will question Levine on these judgments, or on Levine’s radical transgender ideology,” writes the National Pulse’s Jon Schweppe. “Thus far, opposition to Levine’s nomination has been muted at best. Meanwhile, polls have shown large majorities of voters oppose subjecting minors to sex changes and gender conversion therapy. Senators on the HELP Committee may want to press Levine, and other Biden nominees to HHS, about their support for such radical proposals.”
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