Biden health official pressured transgender health organization to remove age limit for trans surgeries
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An unsealed court document has revealed that a top health official within the administration of President Joe Biden successfully pressured the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) to drop age limit guidelines for transgender procedures.

The WPATH, an international transgender health nonprofit organization, initially drafted guidelines in 2021 with a proposed age minimum for various procedures: 17 for genital surgeries and hysterectomies; 16 for breast augmentation and facial surgeries; 15 for mastectomies; and 14 for hormonal treatments. However, the finalized guidelines and WPATH’s eighth edition of its standards of care, released in September 2022, had no age limits for transgender procedures.

This was revealed in a lawsuit filed in Alabama court by the National Center for Lesbian Rights and the Southern Poverty Law Center on behalf of five transgender children and their families contesting the state's ban on transgender surgeries. The lawsuit uncovered emails detailing the interactions between WPATH's advisory group and Sarah Boateng, then chief of staff to Assistant Secretary Rachel Levine for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

One email indicated Boateng's belief that specifying ages under 18 could lead to "devastating legislation for trans care." Another email stressed Levine's fear that the WPATH's 2021 draft would make it difficult for American transgender youths to get access to the procedures.

"We sent the document to Admiral Levine … She liked the SOC-8 very much, but she was very concerned that having ages (mainly for surgery) will affect access to health care for trans youth and maybe adults too," a WPATH member wrote in one internal email released by James Cantor, a psychologist and critic of adolescent transgender procedures, who submitted the emails as evidence to support Alabama in the lawsuit.

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"Apparently the situation in the USA is terrible and [Levine] and the Biden administration worried that having ages in the document will make matters worse… She asked us to remove them," the email continued, referring to Levine, who identifies as a transgender woman.

In the filing, Cantor stated that the WPATH "capitulated and removed the text in violation of its own process despite the preference of its own committee members to retain the age limits" after a pressure campaign.

"We heard your [Levine's] comments regarding the minimal age criteria for transgender healthcare adolescents; the potential negative outcome of these minimal ages as recommendations in the US … Consequently, we have changes to the SOC 8 in this respect," an email from a WPATH member, apparently sent to Levine, stated.

Biden admin has been battling with the Republicans about transgender ban on minors for several years now

In the past few years, the Biden administration has been contesting the transgender ban on minors in court.

The administration has been arguing that denying transgender minors access to gender-affirming healthcare violates the equal protection and due process guarantees under the 14th Amendment of the Constitution. (Related: Biden regime unseals indictment of Dr. Eithan Haim, who faces up to 10 years in prison for exposing illegal child gender mutilations at Texas Children’s Hospital.)

As red states Texas, Florida, Ohio, Georgia, Idaho, North Dakota, Florida, Oklahoma and Alabama tried to ban surgical procedures and hormonal treatments for transgender youth, several blue states have introduced "sanctuary state" laws that protect medical providers who conduct transgender procedures on adolescents from facing legal penalties.

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Justice Department charges whistleblower who exposed illegal GENDER SURGERIES at Texas hospital.

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