HHS Sec. Rachel Levine says changing kids’ genders has ‘highest support’ of Biden admin, is key to mental health of minors

Assistant Secretary for Health for the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Rachel Levine is claiming that the gender transitioning of kids has the “highest support” of the Biden administration and will soon be fully “normalized” in the United States.

The Biden official also claimed that it was key to the mental stability of minors.

Levine praised the controversial medical intervention, which has been banned in several states, during the Pediatric Grand Rounds Session at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford. She was invited to speak at an event concerning the Florida Parental Rights in Education law and the political implications of gender reassignment surgery taking place at children’s hospitals.

“But I’m a positive and optimistic person, and I choose to be positive, optimistic. And I think that the wheels will turn on this,” Levine declared, referring to the mainstreaming of gender transitioning for children.

“I think that it’s not going to be politically advantageous. It wasn’t particularly in 2022. And so I think that as we look to all the different elections in 2024, I think the next two years are going to be challenging. But I am positive and optimistic and hopeful that the wheel will turn after that and that this issue won’t be as politically and socially such a minefield,” the transgender advocate predicted.

Dr. Stanley Goldfarb of Do No Harm organization, which is a national association of medical professionals that fight against “woke” activism in the healthcare system, told Fox News Digital in an interview that there is “no good evidence that children treated with gender-altering hormones or puberty blockers improved mental health assessments.”

“Levine’s appearance at Connecticut Children’s Hospital praising ‘gender-affirming care’ for minors and claiming it will be fully embraced is wrong and must be countered,” Goldfarb insisted. “There is no good evidence that children treated with gender-altering hormones or puberty blockers have improved mental health assessments.”

Despite assertions to the contrary, a recent study from the University of Washington showed that there was absolutely no change in the psychological well-being of children with gender dysphoria treated with these medications,” he added. “There can be irrevocable harm being done to children by those pushing for these radical, ideologically driven, treatments. Treatment for minors needs to be based on rigorous scientific inquiry, not on dubious, agenda-driven studies or the demands of activists.”

Rep. Andy Harris, who is a member of the House Doctors Caucus and Co-Chair of the Pro-Life Caucus, declared that it’s “reprehensible for a government official – let alone the Assistant US Secretary of HHS – to promote the genital mutilation of minors as becoming a standard practice in the US.”

“As a physician, I was proud to co-sponsor the ‘Protect Children’s Innocence Act’ which would prohibit harmful medical procedures used to treat gender dysphoria in transgender minors, including puberty blockers and surgeries in which minors alter their body to correspond to a sex that differs from their biological sex,” he proclaimed.

“Many pediatricians, particularly pediatric endocrinologists, have expressed serious concerns about the use of puberty blockers, hormone blockers, and sex transition surgeries in minors. These doctors know that these medications and procedures can impact children’s bone growth, fertility, and risk of breast and prostate cancer. Meanwhile, HHS has pressured providers to provide this care or else face discrimination lawsuits. We must protect our children,” Harris railed.

The comments by Levine follow President Biden stepping up his attacks against Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) in an interview on Monday without naming him. He called Florida’s actions in connection to transgender youth “close to sinful.”

Florida’s medical boards voted to ban puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, and gender-affirming surgeries on children last November which incensed the left. DeSantis’ Parental Rights Bill which was signed earlier in the year banning teachers from giving classroom instruction on “sexual orientation” or “gender identity” in kindergarten through third grade also enraged them.

Biden raged against the state’s handling of transgender youth issues in an interview with former Obama aide Kal Penn, who has been guest-hosting “The Daily Show” in recent weeks.

(Video Credit: The Daily Show)

“It’s just terrible what they’re doing,” Biden disingenuously whined. “It’s not like, you know, a kid wakes up one morning and says, you know, I decided I wanted to become a man, or I want to become a woman. I mean, what are they thinking about?”

“What’s going on in Florida is, as my mother would say, close to sinful. I mean it’s just terrible what they’re doing,” he asserted.

“It’s not like a kid [just] wakes up one morning and says, ‘You know, I want to become a man’ or ‘I want to become a woman.’ What are they thinking about here? They’re human beings, they love, they have feelings, they have inclinations,” Biden remarked.

“It is not ‘sinful’ to prohibit the mutilation of minors,” DeSantis clapped back on Twitter Tuesday. “It is not acceptable for the federal government to mandate that procedures like sex change operations be allowed for kids.”

Florida Agency for Health Care Administration Secretary Jason Weida told the Daily Mail in an interview that the federal government pressuring those with gender dysmorphia to receive surgeries as minors is the real “sin” and is “decades behind other developed countries.”

“The ‘gender-affirming’ model pushed by the Biden Administration is decades behind other developed countries, including Sweden and most recently Norway,” he stated. “What is ‘sinful’ is the establishment pushing harmful surgeries and treatment with long-term effects on minors with no accountability or transparency.”

“Last year, the agency conducted a thorough review of several services promoted by the federal government to treat gender dysphoria and found that these services – sex reassignment surgery, cross-sex hormones, and puberty blockers – are not consistent with widely accepted professional medical standards and are experimental and investigational with the potential for harmful long term affects,” Weida contended.

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