Doctors Express Outrage Over Florida’s Limits On ‘Gender-Affirming Care’ For Kids

Although many on the left — including members of the medical community — believe that children and teens who identify as transgender should be allowed to receive surgery, hormone replacement, and other life-altering services, a growing number of conservative leaders are pushing back.

Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has been at the forefront of this movement, in large part by pushing for a ban on certain so-called “gender-affirming” treatments on minors in his state.

So far, the state’s Department of Health has publicly advised that children should not be allowed to undergo surgeries and certain other procedures designed to change their gender and the governor indicated his support for a state law upholding such a prohibition.

In the meantime, most of these procedures are no longer being performed on children in Florida, to the apparent chagrin of some doctors and health care professionals.

University of Florida Chief of Pediatric Endocrinology Michael Haller recently lamented the status quo, accusing conservatives of injecting partisanship into the realm of medicine.

“This is another example of politics interfering with the inviolability of the doctor-patient relationship,” he claimed. “I expect to see additional situations in which patients are forced to seek care outside of our state.”

The Human Rights Campaign issued a lengthy statement condemning the Florida Department of Health for its guidance on the issue.

Sarah Warbelow, the group’s legal director, wrote: “Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’s assault on transgender Floridians – an effort to create a wedge between parents, children, and their teachers and doctors – is now being taken up by state agencies. Weeks ago, the Agency for Health Care Administration proposed to deny Medicaid coverage for lifesaving, gender-affirming care to transgender Floridians. Now, the Board of Medicine is facing pressure to adopt guidance that is inaccurate and dangerous to transgender youth.”

A growing number of facilities, including Miami’s Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, have confirmed that they are no longer providing gender reassignment treatment to minors, which seems to align with the position of the DeSantis administration.

During a press conference earlier this month, the governor suggested that doctors who agree to perform such procedures on children should face lawsuits.

“You don’t disfigure 10-, 12-, 13-year-old kids based on gender dysphoria,” he asserted. “Eighty percent of it resolves anyways by the time they get older. So why would you be doing this? I think these doctors need to get sued for what’s happening, I’m sorry.”

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