Sen. Mike Braun (R-IN) took on Health and Human Services (HHS) Sec. Xavier Becerra during a Senate budget hearing on how the Biden administration is promoting life-changing surgeries for children — including breast and genital surgeries.
“Could you explain what irreversible up and down sex reassignment surgeries are and why this is also on the portal,” Braun said. mentioned at the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee hearing on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies.
“Senator, as you just indicated, there are many types of procedures that can be deployed,” Becerra said. “What I’m going to tell you is again, in any case, no individual, no patient, will go ahead without being told about the procedure by their doctor. And it is considered by the FDA and others who must go ahead and certify that a drug or procedure is safe and effective.
“So I will try to distill it on a simpler farm. When would it be appropriate to perform irreversible sex reassignment surgery on children? Braun said.
“These decisions are made by that person in consultation with the doctor and caregivers, and no decision would be made without appropriate consultation,” Bacerra said.
“You know, I think the government shouldn’t be pushing or having a portal that takes you to irreversible sex reassignment therapy, and I think we just have to think about it carefully,” said Braun, who called the surgeries “almost grotesque. “Because we are navigating territory that we have never done before as a government.”
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the Hill reported on the exchange:
Braun’s office confirmed in a statement to The Hill that the senator was specifically referring to a fact sheet the HHS Office of Population Affairs released on gender-affirming care and youth last month.
The page describes gender-affirming care as a form of supportive health care spanning multiple “services that may include medical, surgical, mental health, and non-medical services for transgender and non-binary people.”
Some examples listed included reversible care such as social affirmation, which includes adopting gender-affirming hairstyles, clothing, and gender pronouns; hormones that interrupt pubertal development; partially reversible care such as hormone therapy; and non-reversible care such as gender-affirming surgeries, such as “top” and “bottom” surgeries. The first surgery, according to the sheet, involves “creating a typical male breast shape or breast enhancement,” while the second involves “surgery on the genitals or reproductive organs.”
The exchange comes after Breitbart News reported the Biden administration’s guidelines on treating transgender people for children:
“The presence of affirming support networks is essential to facilitating and organizing gender-affirming care for children and adolescents,” the guidelines state, arguing that “the absence of such support may lead to rejection, depression and suicide, homelessness and other negative outcomes”.
The second page of the guide lists four different categories of ‘affirming care’. The first is “social affirmation,” which she says should be used at “any age or stage.” This includes adopting “gender-affirming hairstyles, clothing, names, gender pronouns, toilets and other facilities”.
The next is ‘Puberty Blockers’, and the third category is ‘Hormone Therapy’, which the guidelines say should be used in ‘early adolescence’. And finally, the guidelines list “gender-affirming surgeries,” which they say should be used “typically” in adulthood or on a “case-by-case” basis in adolescence.
“Kids going through this are struggling, maybe we should focus more on the mental health and not the irreversible stuff,” Braun said during the hearing. “And, I think, leading the HHS – it might be a little more important to be a little more definitive, rather than making it look like it’s fine, a laissez-faire approach and no matter what. , arrived. I think that’s not in line with most of the United States, and it seems to me that it might be wise to back off a bit.
But Becerra called the life-changing treatment for those who have not reached adulthood useful. “If we can improve someone’s life in America, we should, especially if, in consultation with their doctor, they approve of these procedures,” Becerra said.
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