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'You've Permanently Damaged Them': Rand Paul Grills HHS Nominee for Supporting Trans Surgery for Minors

Tré Goins-Phillips : Feb 26, 2021  Faithwire.com

"...The American College of Pediatricians reports that 80-95% of prepubertal children with gender dysphoria will experience resolution by late adolescence if not exposed to medical intervention and social affirmation." -Sen. Rand Paul

[Faithwire.com] Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) grilled President Joe Biden's nominee for assistant secretary of health over whether the government should be allowed to override parental authority in allowing children suffering from gender dysphoria to begin taking puberty-blocking hormones or pursue irreversible surgeries to reconstruct their genitalia. (Screengrab image)

The conservative senator likened the procedures to genital mutilation, which is seen by Western society as a human rights abuse.

"Genital mutilation has been nearly universally condemned," Paul told Levine, who is transgender. "Genital mutilation is considered particularly egregious because, as the [World Health Organization] notes, it is nearly always carried out on minors and is a violation of the rights of children."

"Most genital mutilation is not typically performed by force, but, as the WHO notes, by social convention—social norm," he continued. "The social pressure to conform, to do what others do and have been doing, as well as the need to be accepted, and the fear of being rejected by the community."

Paul explained to Levine he's concerned to see American culture—at least in mainstream society—beginning to normalize "the idea that minors can be given hormones to prevent their biological development of their secondary sexual characteristics."

"Dr. Levine, you have supported both allowing minors to be given hormone blockers to prevent them from going through puberty, as well as surgical deconstruction of a minor's genitalia," the Kentucky lawmaker asserted. "The American College of Pediatricians reports that 80-95% of prepubertal children with gender dysphoria will experience resolution by late adolescence if not exposed to medical intervention and social affirmation"... Subscribe for free to Breaking Christian News here

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