Rachel Levine says states should leave care of gender-confused youth to 'experts'

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The US Assistant Secretary for Health believes that states should not be intervening in the medical care of gender-confused youth because gender medicine is thoroughly grounded in medical research, and “gender-affirming” medical interventions for youth are safe and effective.

Dr. Rachel Levine, a trans-identified male who transitioned to live as a woman in middle age after fathering children, made the comments earlier this year during a presentation to the Stanford Department of Pediatrics.

“It’s very important to note that the appropriateness of a range of medical treatments, evaluations, and treatments of people who are transgender and transgender youth is thoroughly grounded in medical research,” said Levine. “And we do not need state laws and actions that dictate the principles of transgender medical care by pediatric experts.”

“Studies clearly show that gender-affirming care results in positive mental health outcomes, these health services are medically necessary services to youth, and gender-affirming care is medically necessary, safe, and effective,” continued Levine.

But there are very few long-term studies of outcomes for people who have medically transitioned, and none at all showing the long-term outcomes for children who received care under the affirmation model, which has only been practiced for approximately a decade. Some studies, like one recently conducted by Northwestern Medicine, claim to show a positive outcome, but the follow-up period is short and therefore the results are worthless. 

Levine then went on to appeal to the authority of professional associations such as the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Endocrine Society, which both back the affirmative model of care for minors, but failed to mention the evidence that suggests these organizations did so at the behest of activist groups and not because of sound science.

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