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Florida Takes Multiple Steps Against Transgender Surgery For Children



Florida Governor Ron DeSantis

On Thursday, Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ administration took multiple steps to protect children by fighting against transgender surgery for minors.

In a letter obtained by NBC News, Florida Surgeon General Joseph A. Ladapo slammed the surgery for children.

“Florida must do more to protect children from politics-based medicine. Otherwise, children and adolescents in our state will continue to face a substantial risk of long-term harm,” Ladapo wrote to the Florida Board of Medicine.

“While some professional organizations, such as the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Endocrine Society, recommend these treatments for ‘gender affirming’ care, the scientific evidence supporting these complex medical interventions is extraordinarily weak,” he added.

Hours earlier, Tom Wallace, Florida’s deputy secretary of the Agency for Health Care Administration, released a 46-page report arguing against Medicare coverage for trans surgeries.

“Following a review of available literature, clinical guidelines, and coverage by other insurers and nations, Florida Medicaid has determined that the research supporting sex reassignment treatment is insufficient to demonstrate efficacy and safety,” Wallace wrote in his 46-page report. “In addition, numerous studies, including the reports provided by the clinical and technical experts listed above, identify poor methods and the certainty of irreversible physical changes.”

“Considering the weak evidence supporting the use of puberty suppression, cross-sex hormones, and surgical procedures when compared to the stronger research demonstrating the permanent effects they cause, these treatments do not conform to GAPMS and are experimental and investigational,” he continued.

Wallace also pointed to Sweden and Finland, which were some of the first countries to engage in prescribing transgender treatments for children but have recently released new guidelines against their use.

“In 2022, the Swedish National Board of Health stated that ‘the risks of hormonal interventions for gender dysphoric youth outweigh the potential benefits.’ With the exception of youths who exhibited ‘classic’ signs of gender identity issues, adolescents who present with the condition will receive behavioral health services and gender-exploratory therapy,” Wallace noted. “In Finland, the Palveluvalikoima issued guidelines in 2020 stating that sex reassignment in minors ‘is an experimental practice’ and that ‘no irreversible treatment should be initiated.’ The guidelines further assert that youths diagnosed with gender dysphoria often have co-occurring psychiatric disorders that must be stabilized prior to prescribing any cross-sex hormones or undergoing sex reassignment surgery.”

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  1. Sara Brownstone

    June 4, 2022 at 1:57 am

    Ah, HELL NO! Where I come from we believe in “southern justice”…not everything makes it into the courts. Sometimes, WE just TAKE OUT … THE GARBAGE! (And we don’t call it: vigilante). Trans, Homo, Bi, Hetero in public ed…burn down the Board of Ed bldgs. OUR CHILDREN NEED: THE 3-R’s; Morality; Homes; God-driven SOCIETY. Not a scene from “The PURGE”! THOSE OF US THAT DESIGNED THEIR TOYS … CAN NOW DESTROY THOSE TOYS. Turnabout … is FAIR PLAY!

  2. John

    June 4, 2022 at 11:08 am

    Damn. What a radical idea. Follow the science…

  3. Octavia

    June 4, 2022 at 3:18 pm

    professional organizations, such as the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Endocrine Society,
    Time to follow the money.

  4. Nadane

    June 4, 2022 at 4:54 pm

    I pray a lot more of our states follow his example. In WA State and OR I think they have already following CA and NY… Where are those with common sense and see how harmful this stuff is to kids? What kind of life are they going to have when you steal their childhoods and put them on hormone blockers, do gender reassignment surgeries on young children and teens… their body and brains are still in the developing and changing phrase before they are old enough to make major life changing decisions… They are immature…academics and hanging out with peers are critical to their emotional, physical health to be a well-adjusted adult if they make it there.

  5. teresa

    June 4, 2022 at 9:12 pm

    does anyone out there realize the words “child, children, kids, young ones” means exactly that!!! they are not grown ups or over the age of 18! parents have an obligation and duty to keep CHILDREN safe according to the law, up until the age of 18! after that age, the child is considered a Young adult! kids brains aren’t even complete till age 24 – this i just heard from a medical dr. so please tell me how the heck kids ages 3 to at least 12 can make a decision to be trans. even at the age of 6 kids go around the house thinking they are dogs, cats, horses making sounds and doing what animals do with their paws etc. these kids dont want to be the animal they just say it. so for all you people out there who think kids, can make these decisions freely you are very mistaken. as for teens they may feel they are in the wrong body and maybe they are but they should be give time to do something about it till after age 18. all this crap is nonsense

  6. Patricia Sealey

    June 5, 2022 at 12:12 pm

    Love Ron DeSantis and living in Florida!

  7. Allen McDonald

    June 5, 2022 at 9:30 pm

    More “common sense” legislation from Florida governor/ congress to battle against the the woke left pushing ridiculous ideology onto children. Good for them! DeSantis for President 2024!

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