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Medical Establishment Adopts Gender ‘X’ Policies

The Biden administration and the American Medical Association (AMA) have adopted policies that replace the concept of biological sex with self-selected gender identity.

The AMA adopted a policy to remove sex “as a legal designation on the public portion of the birth certificate,” in June 2021. The AMA said it would support collecting and submitting an individual’s birth sex on the U.S. Standard Certificate of Live Birth form, for medical, public health, and statistical purposes only.

In 2019, Federal Practitioner, a clinical journal for medical employees of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the U.S. Department of Defense, and the U.S. Public Health Service published a  paper advocating adding a self-identified gender identity field to electronic health records. The authors of the peer-reviewed article, titled “Evolving Sex and Gender in Electronic Health Records,” included psychiatrists and psychologists.

President Biden reaffirmed his commitment to surgical and chemical treatment of individuals with body dysphoria by announcing his selection of a transgender, Adm. Rachel Levine, as assistant secretary of health, before he took office. Born a male named Richard, Levine fathered two children before transitioning to a female and supports so-called gender-conforming medical procedures for children.

“There is no argument among medical professionals—pediatricians, pediatric endocrinologists, adolescent medicine physicians, adolescent psychiatrists, psychologists, etc.—about the value and importance of gender-affirming care,” said Levine, the Daily Mail reported on May 2.

In addition, the Biden administration has threatened to punish states that pass laws criminalizing child sex-change procedures.

‘There Are Only Two Sexes’

Ignoring patients’ biological sex at birth violates a fundamental of medical science, says Twila Brase, R.N., president and co-founder of the Citizen’s Council for Health Freedom and policy advisor to The Heartland Institute, which co-publishes Health Care News.

“From the biological and medical perspective, there are only two sexes, male and female,” said Brase. “It doesn’t matter what sex you claim to be, there can be no gender-neutral in the lab.”

Requiring medical practitioners to affirm gender identity over biology could lead to a loss of freedom in the health care community, says Brase.

“Whatever the damage might be to the patient from reinforcing their preferred identity rather than their biological reality, there may be a broader yet unrealized damage to the entire health care system,” said Brase. “Health care workers forced to violate their own moral code and deep-seated values—by acting out a reality they do not believe or agree with—may choose to resign or retire early. This will exacerbate the ever-growing shortage of doctors and nurses.”

Removing Conscience Protections

The Biden administration is also taking steps to end conscience protections based on federal statutes that prohibit discriminating against health care providers who refuse to participate in services based on “moral objections or religious beliefs.”

About 100,000 nurses left the field in 2021, leading to a nationwide nursing shortage that is usually blamed on working conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic. Removing conscience protections for political reasons will only worsen shortages of medical personnel, says Brase.

“Whatever the reasons for their exit, nurses, and doctors need to be given a reason to stay, but increasingly, political agendas give them a reason to leave,” said Brase.

COVID-19 policies have shown the dangers of politics getting in the way of health decisions, says Brase.

“The decision to deny COVID patients access to life-saving medications like ivermectin, tying the hands of their doctors, and subjecting them to last-ditch dangerous mechanical ventilation,” said Brase.

When political agendas get in the way of patient care, “patients die,” said Brase.

Harry Painter (harry@harrypainter.com) writes from Oklahoma.

Internet info:

Claire Burgess, Michael R. Kauth, Caroline Klemt, Hasan Shanawani, and Jillian C. Shipherd, “Evolving Sex and Gender in Electronic Health Records,” Federal Practitioner, June 2019: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6590954/

 

 

Harry Painter
Harry Painter
Harry Painter (harry@harrypainter.com) writes from Oklahoma.

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