On October 3, three medical associations wrote a letter to U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland demanding that the Justice Department and FBI investigate and prosecute anyone who questions the medical establishment’s current treatment of children struggling with sexual identity confusion, also known as gender dysphoria.
The letter, written by the American Medical Association (AMA), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Children’s Hospital Association (CHA), was likely prompted by an expose’ from Matt Walsh writing for the Daily Wire concerning the Vanderbilt University’s Transgender Health Clinic, which allegedly “drugs, chemically castrates, and performs double mastectomies on minors.”
Vanderbilt has reportedly “paused” all such treatments because of the Daily Wire story. The Tennessee legislature is looking into passing legislation to protect minors from such harmful “sex change” procedures.
Now 13 state attorneys general, led by Tennessee Attorney General Jonathan Skrmetti, have written a letter of their own to Garland, dated October 12, telling the nation’s top cop to ignore the AMA, AAP and CHA. The Skrmetti letter was also signed by the attorneys general of Arkansas, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas and West Virginia.
“You cannot and should not undertake such investigations or prosecutions,” the state AGs’ letter reads.
The letter emphasizes that the national debate about such procedures on minors is ongoing, and constitutes protected speech.
“We are particularly troubled by the medical organizations’ parallel calls to you and leading social media platforms to take action against speech they find unwelcome or inconvenient regarding the treatment of pediatric gender dysphoria,” Skrmetti and the other state AGs assert. “A concerted effort by government and industry to suppress speech violates America’s most fundamental principles. As you are aware, any conspiracy between federal officials and private actors to deprive Americans of a constitutional right would give rise to civil and criminal liability for all involved.”
Medical treatments for minors suffering from gender dysphoria such as puberty blockers, castrations, mastectomies, and other procedures related to attempts to change one’s “gender” have come under increasing criticism and prohibitions from state health departments, state legislatures and state attorneys general.
While the old-line medical associations in the U.S. are now captive to radical gender ideology disguised as medicine, they are ignoring recent trends in Europe that indicate that other countries, who bought into gender ideology long before the U.S., are having a change of heart.
It’s bad enough that parents who want to protect their children from the dangerous effects of today’s radical gender ideology already have to deal with schools that will take pains to go behind their backs to enable their children to “change” their “gender identity.”
But when so-called “professional” medical associations get on board as well with pushing treatments and procedures for minors that result in serious, life-altering side-effects, parents can feel overwhelmed by a system where the cards seem to be stacked against them.
Although the fight for our children’s health and well-being is ongoing, recent efforts in the press to shine a light on this radical ideology are bearing fruit, and more states are increasingly coming to the aid of parents and children to stop this destructive nonsense.
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