Transgender health undersecretary Dr. Rachel Levine said it’s possible for children who believe they were born in the wrong body to go through “the wrong puberty.”
In an interview with ABC, Levine, 65, endorsed providing gender-affirming care to minors, saying treatment options are “evidence-based.”
“Treatment options for gender-affirming care for transgender youth are really evidence-based,” Levine said. They asked him about the possibility of preventing transgender youth from seeking body-modifying treatments until they are at least 18 years old.
Levine previously said that so-called gender-affirming care for minors has the “most support” from the Biden administration.
In an interview with ABC, Rachel Levine claimed that kids can go through “the wrong puberty,” which is why pre-teen kids should have access to so-called gender-affirming care.
Levine is the highest-ranking openly transgender federal official in the country and was named a four-star admiral of the public health service. He tends to sport his admiral’s uniform during public appearances.
Levine, however, grew up as a man, went through puberty as a man, attended medical school, married and became a father before deciding to gender transition.
Levine’s support of gender-affirming care for minors would, in some cases, take away opportunities Levine had living as a man for decades before he transitioned, his critics have said.
The ABC host asked Levine: “What would you say to people who think they’re being reasonable by saying ‘why can’t kids wait until they’re 18?’
‘Adolescence is hard and puberty is hard. What if you’re going through the wrong puberty? What if inside you feel like you’re a woman, but now you’re going through male puberty?’ Levine replied.
The undersecretary went on to proclaim that ‘gender-affirming care is health care.’
‘Gender-affirming care is mental health care. Gender affirming care is literally suicide prevention.
‘A caring adult can make a difference. Now one might expect him to be a father or a relative. Sometimes he is a teacher, a coach, a religious advisor, or someone else in your life.
Levine added that for “prepubescent children, no medical procedures are performed. The standard of care allows them to explore that with therapy.’
Although surgery is not performed on children under the age of 13, puberty blockers are given to children before they reach puberty.
Transgender Assistant Secretary for Health Rachel Levine Says Gender-Affirming Care for Minors Has ‘Most Support’ of Biden Administration
Levine, 65, grew up as a man, went through puberty as a man, attended medical school, married and became a father before deciding to gender transition.
Several months ago, Levine gave a speech promising that medical gender change in children would soon be normalized, praising the controversial medical intervention that has been banned in several states.
‘I can say that you, the children you serve, the youth you serve, your families and all of you have support at the highest levels of the federal government.
‘President Biden supports you. I, as Undersecretary of Health, will support them and talk about this issue, wherever I go, to spread the word,” she said at the Pediatric Grand Rounds session at the Children’s Medical Center in Hartford.
“But I am positive and optimistic and I am hopeful that the wheel will turn after that and that this issue will not be a minefield politically and socially.”
At the time, Republican Congressman Andy Harris, who is also a doctor, called Levine’s comments “reprehensible.”
“It is reprehensible for a government official, let alone a US HHS Assistant Secretary, to advocate for child genital mutilation to become standard practice in the US,” he said.
“As a physician, I was proud to co-sponsor the ‘Children’s Innocence Protection Act,’ which would ban harmful medical procedures used to treat gender dysphoria in transgender minors, including puberty blockers and surgeries in which minors alter their bodies to correspond to a sex other than their biological sex.”
He added: ‘Many paediatricians, particularly pediatric endocrinologists, have expressed serious concerns about the use of puberty blockers, hormone blockers and sexual transition surgeries in minors.
‘These doctors know that these drugs and procedures can affect boys’ bone growth, fertility, and risk of breast and prostate cancer.
‘In the meantime, HHS has pressured providers to provide this care or else they will face discrimination lawsuits. We must protect our children.
Levine then lied, saying that “for prepubescent children, there are no medical procedures done. The standard of care allows them to explore that with therapy.” While Levine likely meant no surgery, no genitalia removed, no breast tissue amputated, that’s reserved for ages 13 and up, boys are given puberty blockers before they reach that stage.
Levine was asked about bills that have been proposed or enacted in more than 20 states that are designed to prevent minors from being drugged or medically intervened in sex change services. Levine opposes those laws, even though Levine was able to have a normal sex life. Levine has also spoken favorably about being a father and raising children.