During Rachel Levine’s confirmation hearing, Joe Biden’s transgender nominee for assistant HHS, Senator Rand Paul grilled Levine, asking questions about puberty blockers and sex change surgery for children.
Paul said “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 genitalia.” Paul said.
The Kentucky Senator then cited a statistic from the American College of Pediatricians (ACPeds) and said “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.”
Levine replied “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,” Levine continued “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.”
Paul noted that Levine did not answer his question, asking again “let’s be a little more specific since you evaded the question. Do you support the government intervening to override the parents’ consent to give a child puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, and/or amputation surgery of breasts and genitalia?”