Florida Rebukes Biden Effort to Politicize Childhood Healthcare

The Florida Department of Health issued guidelines on Wednesday that hammer the Biden White House for promoting gender reassignment medical treatments for minors. The department also claims the administration is “injecting political ideology” into the healthcare of America’s children.

The new Florida guidelines contradict those issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services last month. The federal guidelines provide that “gender-affirming” treatments for minor children are “crucial.” Those treatments for allegedly transgender kids include puberty blockers, hormone therapy, and even sex-change surgeries.

The Florida Department of Health proclaims that up-to-date and competent medical research directly contradicts the Biden administration’s claims about transgeneder medical treatment for children. It adds that the HHS guidelines call the motives of the federal government “into question.”

Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo issued a statement Wednesday alongside the new state guidelines. He said that the federal government’s guidance failure to follow the “most basic level of academic rigor” shows it is not truly interested in healthcare for children. He added that kids that truly experience gender dysphoria should receive family support and counseling, and should not be pressured into an “irreversible decision before they reach 18.”

The Florida state legislature considered a bill last year that would ban hormone treatment for minors, but it has not advanced yet to a final vote. The new Florida Health Department guidance does not enforce restrictions on the hormone drugs, but advises against their use on children.

Last year, Arkansas became the first state to enact a law banning hormone therapy for children. However, the law has been blocked to date by litigation from progressive advocacy groups including the American Civil Liberties Union. Arizona and Alabama have since enacted similar bans but are also tied up in litigation affecting their enforcement.

The Florida Department of Health also cited this week a 2015 study published in the International Review of Psychiatry that found 80 percent of people who have sought transgender therapy changed their mind about transitioning to the opposite sex. It also noted several additional studies that indicate there are no observable medical benefits for adolescent gender transition treatments.

The HHS and the White House have cited a study performed by a LGBT advocacy group that was funded by a hormone drug manufacturer in support of the federal guidelines.