(Presidentialwire.com)- Gender-affirming health care has become the latest issue in the culture war. Top Republican politicians are pushing for bans on procedures that surgically seek to change the gender of transgender youth, saying that these procedures are the same as abusing children.
But some experts on LGBTQ health care say that gender-affirming care, which includes surgery, hormone therapy, and puberty blockers to help transgender people look like their gender identity, is essential supportive care that allows many transgender people’s mental health.
Trump said he would notify Medicaid and Medicare that any hospital that provides child mutilation would no longer meet their standards. He also said he would ask the Justice Department to look into whether hospitals have covered up side-effects of transitioning to make money.
Trump promised to sign an executive order “on day one” that would instruct all federal programs that encourage transgender youth to change their gender to stop. He also said that he would ask Congress to stop using taxpayer money for these procedures and to pass a law that would ban these operations “in all 50 states.”
Trump would also inform schools that teachers who groom a student into believing they might be transgender would face “severe consequences.” He also supported other policies, such as the idea that the U.S. should not recognize genders different than male and female, that schools should teach the benefits of the “nuclear family,” and that transgender women shouldn’t be allowed to play in women’s sports.
Even though conservatives are against gender-affirming care for kids, many healthcare experts are for it. In an August 2022 post, Dr. Moira Szilagyi, president of the American Academy of Pediatrics, said that the care was “medically necessary and appropriate.”
During Trump’s time as president, many people thought that his policies on LGBTQ rights, especially those for transgender people, were unfair. For example, he got a lot of flak for making it illegal for transgender people to serve in the U.S. military.