How much are taxpayers paying for youth transgender procedures? Federal policies under scrutiny

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By CASEY HARPER | THE CENTER SQUARE

U.S. Health and Human Services’ transgender policies toward children are under scrutiny, the latest federal agency to face Congressional questions over how taxpayer dollars may be pushing the issue and even funding surgeries.

U.S. Rep. Nancy Mace, R-S.C., ranking member on the Subcommittee on Civil Rights & Civil Liberties, sent a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra raising concerns about the agency’s work to “promote life altering changes to young children.”

“I write to conduct oversight of the federal government’s use of taxpayer funds to promote radical gender ideology and the medical transition of children using pharmaceutical or surgical interventions,” the letter said. “The Biden Administration appears to be encouraging any child, who does not conform to perceptions of masculine or feminine stereotypes, to alter his or her body through potentially irreversible medical or surgical intervention. Instead of funding these life-altering drugs and procedures, our government should be promoting policies to protect vulnerable children – who cannot consent.”

HHS is the latest but not the only federal agency to come under scrutiny for its transgender policies toward children. As The Center Square previously reported, The U.S. State Department’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) Strategic Plan also came under Congressional scrutiny for including taxpayer-funded “gender transition care” for employees as well as their children.

Mace said that other western nations have raised concerns about the transgender drugs and surgeries, but that the Biden administration has gone all in.

The letter explicitly requests information to what extent taxpayer dollars are being used to fund these drugs and surgeries.

“HHS, under the guise of ‘gender affirming care,’ now promotes medical interventions such as drugs designed to block puberty, opposite-sex hormones to transition children – both of which do not have FDA approval for use in children’s gender care – and even surgical interventions to remove or alter the gender specific anatomy,” the letter said. “HHS also falsely promotes some of these interventions as ‘reversible’ or ‘partially reversible’ despite potential, serious long-term physical and mental health risks, complications, and regret. The American medical institutions simply do not have enough data to understand outcomes. Children who suffer from mental health conditions are least likely to engage in sound decision making which is where parental control should intervene.

“It is imperative that the American people understand HHS’s role and the use of federal taxpayer money to promote a radical gender ideology that is harming children in our country,” the letter adds.

Casey Harper is a Senior Reporter for the Washington, D.C. Bureau. He previously worked for The Daily Caller, The Hill, and Sinclair Broadcast Group. A graduate of Hillsdale College, Casey’s work has also appeared in Fox News, Fox Business, and USA Today.

11 COMMENTS

  1. It is scary, that our money can be spent without a choice on something we don’t believe is right. Many of us believe that there are circumstances that warrant abortions, but not late term just because the mother is scared. Yet the whole argument seems to be that it should be at our expense, regardless and it should be embedded in the constitution of all things. And to think that a child, not even having reached puberty, is capable of changing his/her gender at the whim of the government, and charge taxpayers for it to boot, is crazy. Is it my fault that the child is gender confused? No, that’s a society issue. And as well, is it right for unions to forcefully collect your money to bankroll political issues that you do not believe in ? No, I don’t believe that people should be forced to pay for things that are not part of their beliefs. Be it taxes, union dues or whatever. It is separation from church and state. If you believe your way is correct then pay for it yourself and don’t enlist my income for your cause. No thank you, do what you want on your dime. What is moral in these days has little to do with it, evidently. But by virtue, we should not be forced to pay for this. That’s unconstitutional.

    • “It is scary, that our money can be spent without a choice on something we don’t believe is right.”
      if you think about this happens all the time. Any war we fight that you don’t agree with, any policy we have that you don’t agree with, border, immigration, welfare, covid. It does not make a difference what side you prefer, because there is always another side. Our money is spent on things our leader decide.
      What I find scary is that they can do it in such a mindless fashion. And these things get voted into law by both sides.

  2. Aside from the taxpayers funding it, I’m actually fine with the Left euthanizing their own childrens’ reproductive rights.

    ‘Cause Darwin and stuff.

    Does that sentiment make be a bad person?

    Don’t care.

  3. Health and Human Services is a federal agency that has to go. I can think of several others and many a alphabet agency to boot. You will know the R’s are serious about wielding power if they begin to do these things. Frankly, I doubt it. We will see…

  4. A good question. While they’re at it, they should also be asking how many taxpayer dollars are being used to pay for abortions?

  5. How much is Congress spending on starting WW# with Russia… 80 Billion so far. You sexy people worry about silly things.

  6. People need to pay attention. All of the sexualizing our children at such an early age is sick promoted by teacher unions in hand with Planned Parenthood CRT, Drag queens, don’t tell parents. etc. hormone therapy etc reminds me of a Thomas Sowell quote “Ours may become the first civilization destroyed not by the power of our enemies but by the ignorance of our teachers and the dangerous nonsense they are teaching our children.” I respect most teachers, but they are made to teach these evil things.

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