WASHINGTON — Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra is defending irreversible transgender sex-change surgeries for children following White House messaging that “early” transgender surgeries, hormone treatment, and affirmations are “crucial” for the health of kids and teens who identify as transgender or nonbinary.
Republican Indiana Sen. Mike Braun pressed Becerra on Wednesday about “gender affirming care” — a phrase used by activists and media to mask the more grisly sounding transgender top and bottom surgeries, including removing a biological women’s breasts, removing a biological man’s genitals, sculpting a fake penis on a biological woman, facial feminization or facial masculinization, and more.
“Could you explain what irreversible top and bottom sex change surgeries are?” questioned Braun.
“Senator, as you just indicated, there are many different types of procedures that can be deployed,” Becerra responded. “What I will say to you, is again, in any case, no individual, no patient will proceed forward unless his or her doctor has advised of the procedure and it is considered by the FDA and others who have to go ahead and certify a medicine or a procedure to be safe and effective.”
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