Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has slammed doctors who perform so-called “gender-affirming care” to young children, and has urged authorities to prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law.
“[They] talk about these young kids getting ‘gender-affirming care.’ They don’t tell you what that is,” Gov. DeSantis said on Wednesday. “They’re actually giving very young girls double mastectomies; they want to castrate these young boys. That’s wrong.”
“You don’t disfigure 10, 12, 13-year-old kids based on gender dysphoria. 80% of it resolves anyways by the time they get older,” he declared. “I think these doctors need to get sued for what’s happening.”
Infowars.com reports: The Republican governor made the remarks while speaking at a press conference unveiling the Coordinated Opioid Recovery program meant to address the state’s widespread drug problem, which DeSantis has attributed to the Biden administration.
Back in April, the Florida Department of Health released guidance pushing back on a fact sheet regarding “treating gender dysphoria for children and adolescents” recently disseminated by the US Dept. of Health and Human Services, saying the federal recommendations have “the potential for long-term, irreversible effects,” and “run an unacceptably high risk of doing harm.”
DeSantis’ latest remarks come as the Florida education commissioner late last month issued a memo to schools overriding federal guidance on new gender identity rules disseminated by the US Department of Agriculture and the US Department of Education.
“Specifically, for example, nothing in these guidance documents requires you to give biological males who identify as female access to female bathrooms, locker rooms, or dorms; to assign biological males who identify as female to female rooms on school field trips; or to allow biological males who identify as female to compete on female sports teams,” Florida Commissioner of Education Manny Diaz wrote in a memo to the state’s various schools.
“To the extent that you do any of these things, you jeopardize the safety and wellbeing of Florida students and risk violating federal law.”
It’s encouraging to see politicians in the state of Florida stand up for the health and wellbeing of their constituents, and hopefully other states will follow suit.