Florida checks the facts with the Biden administration


Florida Surgeon General, Dr. Joseph Ladapo.


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Current custom in journalism is for Democratic-sponsored legislation to carry the Democratic-preferred title, while a Republican-sponsored bill carries the Democratic-preferred title. Therefore, modern newsroom politics dictate that President Joe Biden’s desired assault on taxpayers should be called “Building Back Better,” but Florida’s new law protecting 7-year-olds from lecturing on the state-sponsored gender identity must be labeled “Don’t Say Gay”.

This policy of granting exclusive legislative naming rights to a party is of course intended to influence rather than inform public debate. In the case of Florida, the specific intent is to intimidate state officials into accepting that even reasonable steps to ensure age-appropriate education and parental involvement will be misconstrued by journalists as unacceptable bigotry. A fundamental tenet of contemporary media is that government employees should not be denied the right to discuss sexuality in front of kindergarten classrooms.

The good news is that Florida officials still seem to prefer protecting children to cowering before the woke crowd that speaks for few Americans but enjoys disproportionate access to corporate megaphones. And this column can only imagine the derisive nickname that will soon be coined by Democrats for reporters to describe Tallahassee’s latest sanity.

The Florida Department of Health is pushing back against federal Department of Health and Human Services guidelines that promote “gender-affirming care,” including hormone treatments and even surgery for teens struggling with their gender identity. Specifically, Floridians say the federal government is ignoring science that questions the value of such treatments on young people, as well as the potential harms.

A statement released today by the Florida Department of Health states:

“The federal government’s medical establishment publishing advice that fails at the most basic level of academic rigor shows it was never about health care,” said state surgeon general Joseph Ladapo. “It was about injecting political ideology into the health of our children. Children with gender dysphoria should be supported by their family and seek advice, not pressured into making an irreversible decision before they turn 18.

Countries like Sweden, Finland, France and the UK are reviewing, reassessing, discontinuing or recommending caution regarding the treatment of gender dysphoria in children and adolescents.

Readers may remember Dr Ladapo as a rare island of calm analysis in a sea of ​​reckless and politicized Covid experts. Now his agency is offering a “fact check” on the Biden administration’s encouragement for medical procedures on minors. According to the Florida Department of Health:

• A systematic review on hormone treatment for young people with gender dysphoria concludes that “low-quality evidence suggests that hormone treatments for transgender adolescents may produce the expected physical effects, but the evidence regarding their psychosocial and cognitive impact generally falls short. fault”. The cited evidence had small sample sizes and medium to high risk of bias.

• A small study of 44 patients in the UK showed no psychological benefit of puberty blockers in children aged 12 to 15…

• An article published in the International Review of Psychiatry indicates that 80% of those who seek clinical care will lose their desire to identify with gender unrelated to birth…

• In May 2021, Sweden’s Karolinska Institute suspended the use of puberty blockers for those under 18 due to potentially irreversible consequences such as cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, infertility, increased risk cancer and thrombosis.

The Florida Department of Health also opposes such medical interventions given “the importance of puberty to brain development, as the prefrontal cortex (responsible for executive functions, such as decision-making) continues to develop up to about 25 years. ..”

New guidelines from Dr. Ladapo’s agency state:

• Anyone under the age of 18 should not be prescribed puberty blockers or hormone therapy.

• Sex reassignment surgery should not be a treatment option for children or adolescents.

• Based on currently available evidence, “encourage mastectomy, oophorectomy, uterine removal, penile infirmity, tracheal shaving, prescription of hormones that do not match the child’s genetic makeup or puberty blockers are all clinical practices that run an unacceptably high risk of harm.

• Children and adolescents should have social support from peers and family and seek advice from a licensed provider.

These guidelines do not apply to procedures or treatments for children or adolescents born with a genetically or biochemically verifiable disorder of sex development (DSD)… Department guidelines are consistent with the centers age requirement Federal Medicare and Medicaid services for surgical and non-surgical treatment…. Parents are encouraged to contact their child’s health care provider for more information.

As for this last note, how many of the problems that currently afflict society could have been avoided if our various levels of government had simply accepted that parents and the doctors they choose make decisions concerning the health of young people?

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James Freeman is the co-author of “The Cost: Trump, China and American Revival”.

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