Adm. Rachel Levine, assistant secretary of health for the Department of Health and Human Services and the highest-ranking pediatrician in the Biden administration, said in an emailed statement. “Our nation’s leading pediatricians support gender-affirming, evidence-based care for young transgender people.”
More and more transgender teenagers have sought medical treatment in recent years. Transgender teenagers are at high risk of suicide attempts, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Preliminary search has suggested that adolescents who received such medical treatment improved mental health. Long-term studies are underway.
Marissa Gonzales, a spokeswoman for the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, said that there is no pending investigation into child abuse related to the procedures described, but the agency will investigate. cases have been reported.
Whether children can be admitted from their parents to allow them to receive such medical care will ultimately be decided by the courts.
“At this time, it remains unclear what child protective services, prosecutors and judges will do with this nonbinding opinion of the attorney general,” said Kate Murphy, senior policy associate. for child protection at Texans Care for Children, a nonprofit children’s policy group, said in an emailed statement. “What is clear is that politicians should not divide loving families – and send their children into the foster care system – when parents provide the recommended medical care they believe in. that it is in the best interests of their child.”
If local attorneys don’t pursue lawsuits, the state attorney general’s office can do so, said Menefee, the Harris County attorney, adding that the position is held by the governor and attorney general. taking on can have a chilling effect. “It’s designed to scare the hell out of parents,” he said. “It is designed to frighten doctors by even facilitating gender-affirmative healthcare.”
Some of the treatments used in sex-related care carry medical risks. However, drugs that block puberty, which block the production of testosterone and estrogen, can impair bone growth. proof suggest that it recovers after the onset of puberty. If blockers are used during early puberty and a teen pursues hormone therapy, the drug regimens can lead to loss of fertility. The standard of care Therefore, for transgender health, patients and their families should be counseled on how to preserve fertility by delaying the use of blockers if having children is important to them. The standards also recommend that doctors and families wait until the teen reaches adulthood, which is 18 years old in Texas, before pursuing irreversible genital surgeries.
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/23/science/texas-abbott-transgender-child-abuse.html Governor Abbott urges investigation into treatment of transgender youth as ‘child abuse’