No to the mandatory transition of minors: thousands of US pediatricians are suing the Biden administration
The number of doctors who oppose the medical transition of girls is growing. Two associations of American pediatricians contest the Biden decree that replaces sex with gender identity, and ask not to be forced to prescribe experimental and harmful procedures against their medical, ethical or religious judgment

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A group of over 3000 pediatricians did lawsuit against the Biden administration for his reinterpretation of the Affordable Care Act That obliges doctors to provide drugs and surgeries for the “gender transition” of minors.

In May, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that its Office for Civil Rights would interpret and enforce section 1557 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act differently: ithe ban on discrimination on the basis of sex would now include discrimination “on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity as required by the signed decree by Biden on the day he took office (see here And here).

The lawyers of the non-profit legal organization Alliance Defending Freedom represent more than 3000 doctors and healthcare workers who are members of theAmerican College of Pediatricians and of Catholic Medical Association, Christian-inspired professional associations, and Dr. Jeanie Dassow, a gynecologist specializing in the care of adolescents.

Paediatricians they oppose the execution of “procedures”gender transition on any patient, including children, even if the procedure violates medical judgment or the professional's ethical and religious beliefs, reads an ADF press release.

The cause, American College of Pediatricians v. Becerra, was presented on August 26th in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee in Chattanooga and specifically names Xavier Becerra, secretary of HHS, and Robinsue Frohboese, acting director and principal deputy of the Office for Civil Rights.

The law and the medical profession have long recognized and respected the biological differences between boys and girls and the unique needs they each have in health care. Forcing doctors to prescribe transition hormones for 13-year-olds or perform life-altering surgeries on teenagers is illegal, unethical and dangerous said ADF senior attorney Ryan Bangert.

Julie Marie Blake, Senior Counsel at ADF, said: “Doctors should not be forced to perform a controversial and often medically dangerous procedure that goes against their better judgment, (…) especially when it comes to vulnerable children who experience mental and emotional confusion”. Blake also emphasized that it is a “experimental medicine that poses a risk to patients” and that doctors are at risk of facing in the future “huge financial penalties, withdrawal of federal funding, or removal of their license to practice medicine.".

Translation and adaptation by Maria Celeste.

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