‘We Should Be Outraged’: Paul Challenges Transgender Biden Nominee Over Minors Changing Their Sex

Eric Scheiner | February 25, 2021
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“We should be outraged that someone is talking to a 3 year old about changing their sex,” Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) said during Dr. Rachel Levine's confirmation hearing for assistant health secretary.

Paul had asked the transgender Levine about minors deciding to alter their sex.


“Dr. Levine, you have supported both allowing minors to be given hormone blockers to prevent them from going through puberty, as well as surgical destruction of a minor’s genatalia. Like surgical mutilation, hormonal interruption of puberty can permanently alter and prevent secondary sexual characteristics. The American College of Pediatricians reports that 80 to 95 percent of pre pubertal children with gender dysphoria will experience resolution by late adolescence if not exposed to medical intervention and social affirmation. Dr. Levine, do you believe that minors are capable of making such a life changing decision - as changing one's sex?

Levine dodged the question, “Well, Senator, thank you for your interest in this question. Transgender medicine is a very complex and nuanced field with robust research and standards of care that have been developed. And if I am fortunate enough to be confirmed as the assistant secretary of health, I will look forward to working with you and your office and coming to your office and discussing the particulars of the standards of care for transgender medicine.”

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Paul continued questioning and Levine continued giving the same non-answer.

“You know, if you've ever been around children, 14 year olds can't make this decision. In the gender dysphoria clinic in England - 10 percent of the kids are between the ages of three and 10. We should be outraged that someone's talking to a three year old about changing their sex,” Paul said.

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