The federal government has pushed the dishonest transgender narrative that says those caught in gender identity confusion are really the opposite sex—or whatever “gender” they identify as. Government agencies also promote a dangerous treatment model that says drugs, hormones, and surgeries are necessary interventions that can somehow change a person’s body into a different “gender.”
Government spokespeople explain that this is “accepted science”.
But a government watchdog group, Protect the Public’s Trust (PPT), is exposing the emperor naked. There is no real science to support these ideas.
Just two years ago, Assistant Secretary for Health Admiral Levine made a strong statement about so-called “gender-affirming care” — interventions for those caught in the deception of gender ideology.
Dr. Levine, who was born male but lives as a woman, pointedly told NPR:
There is no argument among medical professionals – pediatricians, pediatric endocrinologists, adolescent medicine physicians, adolescent psychiatrists, psychologists, etc. – for the value and importance of caring for gender affirmation.
The assistant secretary made the false statement in defiance of a slew of bills in various states that protect girls and women’s sports, prevent school children from being indoctrinated with gender ideology, and protect minors from body-damaging transgender medical procedures.
Doubling down on the trick a year later, Dr. Levine said such legislation was “ideologically and politically motivated” and “unconscionable,” adding that the medical interventions were “medically necessary, safe and effective.”
The PPT was suspicious of the “science” behind these treatments. So the organization filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, seeking “records of scientific evidence, studies, and/or data to support the Assistant Secretary’s claim that ‘gender affirmation care’ is medically necessary, safe and effective for trans and non-binary youth.”
The watchdog group also requested “records of surveys of medical professionals about the value and importance of ‘gender-affirming care’ for young children.”
What they got was surprising: HHS sent a two-page pamphlet titled “Care for Gender Affirmation and Youth.” The fact sheet is available on the HHS Office of Population Affairs website and claims that affirming gender confusion “improves the mental health and overall well-being of gender diverse youth.”
In the absence of real medical or scientific information, the paper reads like propaganda for gender ideologues. It lists all the “Common Terms” – coined by transgender activists, such as “cisgender”, “gender diversity”, “gender expansive”, “nonbinary”, “sex assigned at birth” and “ binary gender” – as if these were precise and true concepts.
The pamphlet is also linked to radical LGBT activist groups that spread misinformation about gender identity confusion, such as the Trevor Project, the Movement Advancement Project, Genderspectrum, and the Human Rights Campaign.
PPT said of Admiral Levine and other leaders at HHS:
They make clear statements about the necessity, safety, and effectiveness of gender-affirming care, but when asked to show their work, the agency is unable to back them up with anything other than a fact sheet of a few studies. cherry picked.
“Gender Affirmation Care” says that puberty blockers are “reversible” – a completely false statement. Children placed on puberty blockers can never go back in time and replace the lost years when they should have gone through the natural process of puberty, growing up and maturing. The Manhattan Institute reports:
Puberty blockers can have serious side effects, including lower IQ, osteoporosis, early and aggressive menopause, infertility, and depression.
The Society for Evidence-Based Gender Medicine (SEGM) analyzed the HHS document and concluded: “Care and Gender-Affirming Youth contains a number of errors and misinterpretations.”
SEGM said the HHS fact sheet “misstates the welfare effects of the social transition”; offers an “unsupported claim of reversibility of puberty blockers”; is an “incorrect statement regarding age eligibility for operations”; makes misleading “exaggerated claims about the ‘proven benefits’ of gender transition on adolescent mental health”; and removes “any discussion of the risks” from transgender body-altering interventions.
In response to HHS’s lack of science, the PPT filed a complaint against the agency for its “failure to uphold principles of scientific integrity and promote science-based policies and agendas.”
The complaint asks Arati Prabhakar, director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, to investigate Dr.
The letter to Prabhakar says:
HHS has a mandate to use only the best science and provide the public with scientific resources and policy recommendations based on honest and straightforward analysis of the best available data. The American public should be able to trust HHS and its supporting agencies for evidence-based objective policy recommendations and statements.
But instead of providing the “best science” and “best available data”:
PPT has received evidence that the Assistant Secretary for Science Levine relies on to make such statements may be thin, not meeting the high scientific standards required by the Department to issue such clear and unqualified statements in support of these treatments for minor children. . …
Contrary to HHS officials’ assertions, there is a consensus regarding the use of “gender care” for minors. If the subject is hormonal therapy and other therapies or surgical interventions, there is much controversy regarding their necessity, safety and effectiveness.
The letter of complaint points to countries such as England, Sweden, Finland and Norway, which have moved away from automatically “transitioning” minors with experimental drugs, hormones and surgery.
Those struggling with gender identity confusion deserve compassion and genuine care, not procedures that alter the body and mind. What they don’t need is government agencies advancing harmful ideologies and procedures in the name of “science.”
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