Republican Congressman Demand Proof Gender Affirming Care Works

( – Republicans in Congress are demanding the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) prove the medical benefits of so-called gender-affirming health care for minors who experience symptoms of gender dysphoria. With as many as 150,000 minors seeking the experimental procedures nationwide, there’s cause for concern.

Sen. Jim Rish (R-ID) and nine other Congressional Republicans, including House Representatives and Senators, sent a letter to HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra demanding to see evidence that these treatments are effective as HHS is encouraging them through their policies and practices.

The sternly worded letter mentions the “moral responsibility” to assure that these medical procedures are “evidence-based and not driven by a contentious ideology.” It speaks to the alarm felt by signatories that HHS has been encouraging these procedures, which are still highly experimental, and in many cases encouraging them to be paid for at taxpayer expense.

Classifying the experimental medical practices like puberty blockers, hormones, and invasive surgeries as likely to cause permanent damage, the letter rebukes HHS for pushing them at the national level. It implies that there is a very real risk of permanent emotional and physical harm from these practices, and demands to see all the evidence used to judge them as safe and effective.

They’re also asking for a “full systemic review” as to how the decision to push these protocols was reached as they believe there’s a heavy ideological motivation at play that does not put the well-being of children first.

It also reminds HHS that the cultural consensus for such permanent life-altering decisions is that children must reach 18 years of age before they can be considered capable of making them.

They advise HHS that most children who experience symptoms of dysphoria naturally outgrow them over time, presuming they’re allowed to experience normal puberty. They list the negative outcomes of puberty-blocking which includes things like severe mood changes, osteoporosis, infertility, and blood clots.

The claims made by gender-bending advocates that these procedures reduce suicidality are also overblown and contradicted by other studies, it states. The agency will have 30 days to deliver a comprehensive report that shows how they determined the benefits outweighed the risks.

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