Rep. Mary Miller: Biden Administration Using Taxpayer Money for Children's Sex-Change Surgery

Susan Jones | December 1, 2022 | 8:31am EST
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Xavier Becerra is Secretary of Health and Human Services. (Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images)
Xavier Becerra is Secretary of Health and Human Services. (Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) - "Joe Biden’s Administration is using taxpayer resources to push young children to have sex change operations and take dangerous chemicals that permanently damage their bodies," Rep. Mary Miller (R-Ill.) tweeted on November 30.

Her tweet linked to an "exclusive" report in The Daily Caller, which included written responses from the Health and Human Services Department to Miller's submitted questions.

As The Daily Caller noted, Rep. Miller asked HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra in April about taxpayer funding for sex-change surgery on minors:

"Mr. Secretary, do you believe taxpayers should pay for chemical castration and sex change operations?" she asked at an April 6 hearing of the House Education and Labor Committee. "I know that the HHS website has listed new procedures that will be covered by Medicare and Medicaid, including facial bone remodeling for facial feminization, breast chest construction, and laser hair removal," Miller continued.

"Yes or no, Mr. Secretary, should taxpayers pay for this?" she asked.

Becerra finally responded, "We will continue to comply with the law and provide people with the protections they need to get the medical services they're entitled to."

On Wednesday, Rep. Miller released fuller responses that HHS provided to her written questions, responses obtained and posted by The Daily Caller, as follows:

Submitted by Representative Mary Miller (R-IL)

142. Question: "The Biden administration released shocking guidance entitled, “Gender Affirming Care and Young People,” which encourages children to take dangerous chemicals and have sex-change operations that permanently end their ability to ever have children. Is it child abuse to perform a sex-change operation on a 12-year-old girl?"

Response: "Medical care is between a patient, their family and their health care provider. The Department is focused on ensuring that care is not stigmatized or denied based on a youth’s gender identity as consistent with the law. As stated in our fact sheet: “Gender affirming care is a supportive form of healthcare. It consists of an array of services that may include medical, surgical, mental health and non-medical services for transgender and nonbinary people. Gender-affirming care is patient-centered and treats individuals holistically, aligning their outward, physical traits with their gender identity.”

143. Question: "Should doctors be allowed to perform sex change operations on children without their parents’ consent?"

Response: "HHS is not in the practice of medicine and would recommend consulting with medical associations regarding standards of care. Generally speaking, care is between a patient, their family and their health care provider. As stated in our fact sheet: “Gender affirming care is a supportive form of healthcare. It consists of an array of services that may include medical, surgical, mental health and non-medical services for transgender and nonbinary people. Gender-affirming care is patient-centered and treats individuals holistically, aligning their outward, physical traits with their gender identity.”

144. Question: "Your guidance says puberty blockers are reversible, please explain to the Committee how this process is reversed."

Response: "The Department advises the Committee to speak with health care providers or medical associations regarding standards of care."

145. Question: "Do you believe that taxpayers should pay for chemical castration and sex-change operations?"

146. Question: "The HHS website has a list of the new procedures that will now be covered by Medicare and Medicaid. The list includes 'facial bone remodeling for facial feminization, breast/chest construction, and laser hair removal.' Would you be willing to change your guidance so that taxpayers are not forced to pay for sex-change operations?"

147. Question: Last year, you announced the Biden administration will now interpret Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act to force doctors to perform sex-change operations. Do you believe doctors should be forced to perform sex change operations on minor children without their parents’ consent?

Response to Question 145 through Question 147: "The Department follows the law, and is working to ensure that all patients, everywhere can access care free from discrimination, stigma and barriers. The Biden-Harris Administration supports the upcoming release of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) Standards of Care Version 8 and believes that all children and adults should be afforded life-saving, medically necessary care. Payers, both public and private, should cover treatments which medical experts have determined to be medically necessary." [Emphasis added]

148. Question: "Do you think it is ever appropriate for a child to receive a permanent sex change operation without parental consent?"

OCR Responses to Question 147 and Question 148: "HHS is not in the practice of medicine and would recommend consulting with medical associations regarding standards of care. Generally speaking, care is between a patient, their family and their health care provider. The Biden-Harris Administration supports the upcoming release of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) Standards of Care Version 8 and believes that all children and adults should be afforded life-saving, medically necessary care. Payers, both public and private, should cover treatments which medical experts have determined to be medically necessary. HHS issued guidance to make clear that discrimination on the basis of gender identity is not allowed under the law. A link to that guidance is provided here for your awareness: https://www.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/hhs-ocr-notice-and-guidance-gender-affirming-care.pdf."

Rachel Levine,a transgender woman, is the Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services. (Photo by CAROLINE BREHMAN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Rachel Levine,a transgender woman, is the Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services. (Photo by CAROLINE BREHMAN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

The aforementioned HHS guidance begins this way:

“The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) stands with transgender and gender nonconforming youth and their families -- and the significant majority of expert medical associations -- in unequivocally stating that gender affirming care for minors, when medically appropriate and necessary, improves their physical and mental health. Attempts to restrict, challenge, or falsely characterize this potentially lifesaving care as abuse is dangerous..."

That guidance was issued on March 2, 2022. But on October 1, 2022, a federal court in Texas issued an order vacating the March 2 guidance, calling it arbitrary, capricious and in violation of the Administrative Procedures Act.

HHS said it is "evaluating its next steps in light of that judgment but is complying with it.

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