Thirteen state attorneys general have cautioned United States Attorney General Merrick Garland not to prosecute critics of child gender change procedures.
The American Academy of Pediatrics, the Children’s Hospital Association, and the American Medical Association, together with other left-wing medical organizations, wrote to Garland requesting that he look into and punish anybody who disagrees with their methods for treating gender dysphoria in children.
The attorneys general, led by Tennessee’s Jonathan Skrmetti, wrote: “You cannot and should not conduct such investigations or prosecutions.”
The attorneys general argue that the medical establishment is worried about how their medical treatment regime is being portrayed by its opponents and is attempting to silence them.
The letter adds that “the president of the CHA targets’ misleading and inflammatory remarks that result in threats. No doubt, medical groups object to the labeling of minors’ double mastectomies as ‘mutilation’ or ‘cutting healthy breasts off juvenile girls,’ or hormone therapies as ‘chemical castration.'”
“These descriptions have the potential to incite and provoke,” they stated. “The First Amendment protects them completely.”
There is a rising number of conservatives who are prepared to discuss the matter bluntly, and who are criticizing physicians for infant genital mutilation and chemical castration.
Skrmetti stated in a news statement, “Now is the moment for greater discourse, not less. Each side must have the chance to assemble facts, present its case, and seek to persuade the American people that its viewpoint is correct. Silencing criticism of present treatment techniques for minors would not make children healthier or safer.”
Doctors that support mutilation and castration argue, as did the AMA, AAP, and CHA in their letter, that they are just “offering evidence-based gender-affirming care.”
While the Florida Medicaid Unit uncovered “insufficient evidence” that hormone therapies, puberty blockers, and mutilation operations are “safe and effective treatments for gender dysphoria,” the medical establishment “endorses a monolithic consensus they portray as impervious to questioning.”
The attorneys general also cited limits imposed in France, Sweden, and the United Kingdom in the aftermath of investigations into the use of such medications and treatments.
“Medical organizations should follow the science, not try to limit public discussion – especially when they’re peddling controversial dogma that might really harm children’s lives,” said Dr. Stanley Goldfarb, chair of the medical watchdog Do No Harm, in a news statement. “The AMA expects us to blindly follow their example, yet these are the same forces who wrongly equate psychiatric treatment for children with ‘conversion therapy’ in order to railroad them down a preset route of medicines and surgery.”
“The wiser course of action is to listen to these state attorneys general and allow this dialogue to continue on a national scale,” he said.