Leading US association for plastic surgeons lobbies for child sex changes at state level

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The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) has been fighting against legislation seeking to ban sex change surgeries for minors, an investigation by the Daily Caller has revealed.

The professional association that endorses medically unnecessary bilateral mastectomies for teenage girls who believe themselves to be boys has actively opposed attempts to ban sex change procedures for minors in states such as Montana, Alabama, Missouri, and Pennsylvania, prompting some experts to question the group’s motives.

As the number of people identifying as transgender has skyrocketed, so too have the number of people seeking experimental sex change surgeries. The ASPS has been actively campaigning for increased insurance coverage for such procedures, arguing that they are safe and improve the lives of transgender people.

While genital surgeries are rare for minors, plastic surgeons amputating the healthy breasts of teenage girls is becoming increasingly common in the US and elsewhere in the world. One paper published in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed that 1130 “gender-affirming” chest surgeries were performed on minors between 2016 and 2019, and that 1,114 of those were bilateral mastectomies on teenage girls who identify as boys.

A recent report by Reuters indicated that, according to an analysis of insurance data, 56 genital surgeries and 776 mastectomies were performed on minors who identify as members of the opposite sex from 2017-2019. However, the actual number is thought to be much higher as this report only included those with an official diagnosis of gender dysphoria who had insurance coverage. The number of children and adolescents has also surged dramatically since 2019.

“There is no question that financial rewards play a role in the adoption of gender affirming care. Hospitals and physicians generate substantial payments from insurers or self pay patients when children enter into the transition protocols,” Dr. Stanley Goldfarb, board chair of Do No Harm, a group striving for ethical medical care free from ideology, told the Daily Caller.

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