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In a recent NPR interview, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Assistant Secretary Rachel Levine stated that, “There is no argument among medical professionals – pediatricians, pediatric endocrinologists, adolescent medicine physicians, adolescent psychiatrists, psychologists, etc. – about the value and the importance of gender-affirming care.”

Dr. Quentin Van Meter, President of the American College of Pediatricians (ACPeds), released the following statement in response:


“The American College of Pediatricians was founded to protect the health and well-being of children. None of our member pediatricians or health care professionals support social, medical, and surgical interventions which attempt to change the persona of the child to appear as the opposite sex. Each one of these modalities are proven to do far more harm than good. Instead of relying on the breadth of established scientific research, HHS Assistant Secretary Levine has obviously chosen to only rely on the weakest of references while ignoring the most valid science.”

To read the full ACPeds position statement on Gender Dysphoria in Children, click here.

Author: Press Release

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