Biden Administration Supports ‘Sex Reassignment Surgery’ For Minors

In the 2020 presidential campaign, candidate Joe Biden portrayed himself as a non-threatening, moderate-leaning alternative to far-left figures like Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA). Unfortunately, his rhetoric and actions on issues of gender identity are nothing if not radical.

On March 31, 2022, President Biden celebrated Transgender Day of Visibility, a day that is “dedicated to recognizing the resilience and accomplishments of the transgender community.” To commemorate the occasion, the President released a video declaring that “‘the onslaught of anti-transgender state laws attacking you and your families is simply wrong’” and adding that “‘this administration is standing up for you against all these hateful bills, and we’re committed to advancing transgender equality…’” The President told parents of “transgender” children that “‘affirming your child’s identity is one of the most powerful things you can do to keep them safe and healthy.’” President Biden’s video was accompanied by a 12-page fact sheet outlining pro-“transgender” actions that his administration has taken.

Along similar lines, the Office of Population Affairs of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently released a publication entitled “Gender-Affirming Care and Young People.” It is no exaggeration to state that this publication is a pack of lies. The publication would have readers believe that “so-called “gender-affirming care” “improves the mental health and overall well-being” of children and teens who have been deceived into believing that they are “transgender.” What exactly is meant by “gender-affirming care?” According to the publication, the term includes “social affirmation,” puberty blockers, hormone therapy, and so-called “gender-affirming surgeries.” Appallingly, the publication asserts that social affirmation, puberty blockers, and hormone therapy are appropriate for “transgender” adolescents and adds that surgery may be appropriate for adolescents on a case-by-case basis.

In a National Review blog post, bioethicist Wesley Smith outlines the very serious health consequences of the “gender-affirming” approach that the Biden administration advocates for children and teens with gender dysphoria.

Smith points out that puberty blockers can reduce bone density, and that they are not intended to be used for gender dysphoria in the first place. He adds that removing healthy organs from minors is an irreversible action that should never be taken. Smith also notes that these approaches are harmful and destructive to persons who choose to “detransition”—in other words, to reclaim their true gender identities after having undergone gender transitions.

Smith concludes his piece with the following observations:

“Expect the usual suspects to accuse those opposing this drastic recommendation as being motivated by hate as a means of stifling reasoned discourse. Indeed, President Unity has already called state laws to protect transgender minors from such interventions ‘hateful.’”

“The reality is exactly the opposite. Love requires that we defend the procreational futures of children and their bodily integrity, particularly in a time of raging moral panic when emotions rule the day. Adults can do what they please. But minors need protection, sometimes, even from themselves.”

New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms is outraged and grieved that the President of the United States has endorsed the use of hormones and surgeries on young people who are confused about their gender identities. When a young person is experiencing gender dysphoria, the proper Christian response is to love them and to help them accept and embrace the bodies that God has given them. May God have mercy on our nation, and may He protect the hearts and minds of Americans from the twisted falsehoods emanating from the highest office in the land.