Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Assistant Secretary Rachel Levine recently argued that medical interventions such as hormone therapy could be necessary for children who are experiencing the “wrong puberty.”
Levine appeared Friday in the first installment of the ABC “Nightline” series, “Identity Denied: Trans in America,” which featured a teenager who claimed to be under attack by Republican efforts to ban gender reassignment surgeries and drugs for minors in states across the country.
Levine dismissed concerns that children younger than 18 are too young to consent to what the LBGTQ community describes as “gender–affirming care.”
Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Assistant Secretary Rachel Levine (Reuters)
Rachel Levine, nominee for Assistant Secretary in the Department of Health and Human Services testifies at her confirmation hearing before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee February 25, 2021, on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. (Caroline Brehman-Pool/Getty Images)
Levine claimed in the ABC interview that young children are not getting gender-related surgeries or procedures, but that other interventions like hormone and speech therapies can help them “explore” it.
“I want to make it clear that for pre-pubertal children, there are no medical procedures done,” she said. “The standard of care allows them to explore that with therapy.”
Levine declared that such treatments are “literally suicide prevention care” and that bans against them are “unscientific” and “medically harmful.”
Rachel Levine discussed health equity at Washington Post Live event in June 2023. (Washington Post)