Tulsi Gabbard criticized the Biden-Harris administration for comments she said encouraged the use of puberty blockers in young children.
The FDA issued a warning about puberty blockers in July, which are known as gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) substances. The FDA warned that the blockers might cause brain swelling, blindness, and significant dangers for youngsters who injected the hormone. However, in mid-July, Rachel Levine, the first transgender federal official to be confirmed by the Senate, said that children should have “gender-affirmation” treatment because it is “life-saving, medically necessary,” and a “vital tool” for health care providers. I know how important affirming someone’s true identity can be as a pediatrician, she added.
“The FDA recently issued a worrisome, yet not at all unexpected announcement about children’s health,” Gabbard noted. “Now, if you haven’t heard about it or didn’t see it on the news because the majority of the media and the Biden-Harris administration have been completely silent on it, and this warning from the FDA was essentially stating that puberty blockers might result in significant health risks for our youngsters. Unfortunately, while the FDA was warning against using puberty blockers and irreversible procedures on children, Biden-Harris administration officials were making public statements strongly encouraging their usage.”
“Now, let us be clear: the Biden administration is dangerously encouraging child abuse,” she yelled.
“Gender-affirming care” may include “gender-affirming surgery,” according to the Biden administration’s Health and Human Services Department, which can include “top” surgery — for example, creating a male-typical chest form or increasing breasts — or “bottom” surgery — genital or reproductive organ surgery.
“We want to debase our approach, affirm and support and empower these youngsters rather than limit their sports participation or even prevent them from receiving gender affirmation treatment in their state,” Levine said on MSNBC.
The Florida Department of Health, on the other hand, argued that kids under the age of 18 should not be given puberty blockers or hormone therapy.