Gov. DeSantis Launches Government-Wide Effort to Ban Child Sex Changes

The Florida Department of Health urged the state’s board of medicine to establish standards of care in accordance with guidance strongly advising against child sex treatments in a Thursday letter.

Joseph Ladapo, Florida’s General Surgeon, pointed out that there is not enough evidence to support the safety and efficacy claims. urged the Florida Board of Medicine to consider the department’s guidance that advised against child sex changes, according to the letter. This is the latest effort by Republican Florida Governor. Ron DeSantis’ administration to restrict sex change treatments, particularly for children.

“The Department thinks that the evidence speaks for itself,” Florida Department of Health press secretary Jeremy Redfern told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “The letter from the Surgeon General reiterates his stance on protecting children from politics-based medicine.”

“The scientific evidence supporting these complex medical interventions is extraordinarily weak,” the letter read. “The current standards set by numerous professional organizations appear to follow a preferred political ideology instead of the highest level of generally accepted medical science. Florida must do more in protecting children from politics-based medical care. Otherwise, children and adolescents in our state will continue to face a substantial risk of long-term harm.”

DeSantis is leading an effort to ban child sexchange procedures in Florida in its current form, according to an official from the Florida Department of Health. This was disclosed by The Daily Caller News Foundation on Friday.

A report was also issued by the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration report that found there isn’t sufficient research on sex change procedures, including puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones and surgeries to determine whether they are safe or effective. These guidelines were intended to justify banning Medicaid coverage for such procedures. according to NBC News.

Florida’s health department came out against “gender-affirming care,” including social transitions, puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones and surgeries, in April 20 guidance after the Biden Department of Health and Human Services endorsed the procedures days earlier. The guidance noted that 80% children with gender dysphoria eventually outgrow it. There is also weak evidence supporting child sexchange procedures.

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