“Gender-Identity” Policies Have No Place in Medicine

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Sam had suffered abdominal pain for several hours. Even though Sam told the nurse she was a transgender man– a biological female- her medical record indicated she was male. So, instead of evaluating Sam as a female, her “triage nurse assessed her to be a man with abdominal pain who had not taken her prescribed blood-pressure medications.” The nurse had no specific protocols for a case like Sam’s, marked the case as non-emergency, and ordered more lab work.

Only after the lab work did the nurse realize that Sam was pregnant and in labor. This knowledge came too late. The baby was delivered as a stillborn.

Sadly, this story is not fiction. It happened, and it is the result of the foolhardy attempt to blend gender-identity politics with medicine, as reported by the U.S. National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health.

Biological facts inform medical care, and one’s biological sex is the foundation for determining appropriate treatment.

Yet, Xavier Becerra, California’s former Attorney General and now head of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, is spearheading a baseless policy that explicitly denies scientific reality in the name of political wokeness.

The HHS, under Becerra’s leadership, is asserting that Section 1557 of Obamacare “prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including sexual orientation and gender identity), age, or disability in covered health programs or activities.”

What this means is that treatment protocols and healthcare options, which used to be based on facts only, are now subjected to the political whims of the radical left, despite the fact there could be deadly consequences.

As we know, women’s and men’s bodies are simply not the same, and certain drugs or treatments may be effective in one sex, but dangerous to the other. Medical professionals will now have to bypass this knowledge for fear of allegations of discrimination on the basis of “sexual orientation and gender identity” – otherwise known as SOGI. Though the highly controversial infrastructure deal would not seem to be related, the bill contains scores of items unrelated to infrastructure, including a SOGI provision, which elevates sexual orientation and “gender identity” to federally protected classes.

This HHS policy is not only unscientific – it is anti-religious. For years, freedom of conscience has been violated, often with Becerra at the helm. He spent three years battling the Little Sisters of the Poor, an order of Catholic nuns, which provides care for the elderly, because they did not want to pay for contraceptives in their healthcare plans under Obamacare.

Becerra has no regard for religion or science. To him and his allies in the federal government, freedom of conscience is nonexistent, and standing by Christian and scientific values is discriminatory.

“Gender-identity” policies have no place in medicine. With Becerra leading the HHS, LGBTQ+radical ideology has now been prioritized over the health and safety of patients. Medical professionals, who know they need to treat someone on the basis of their biological sex, feel cornered into ignoring this scientific reality. 

Men and women are not the same. The chromosomes are very clear about that.

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