Dem Witness Discredits Themself After 1 Question - WATCH
Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) is making waves on Capitol Hill, pushing for legislation to block federal funding for gender transition treatments on minors.
During a hearing on the House Health Subcommittee, where the Texas Republican presented his bill to ban funding for such treatments, Crenshaw grilled a Democratic witness on her suggestion that sex change treatments were beneficial for children. Despite the witness's insistence that the “standards of care” support her claims, Crenshaw pushed her to cite a peer-reviewed study that could back her up.
“The standards of care. That’s not a journal. That’s not a study. That’s not an organization. It’s not an institution. You’re just saying words. Name one study,” Crenshaw said. When pressed, the witness failed to provide one.
Democrat witness can’t name ONE study that shows how transgender procedures are beneficial for kids
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Crenshaw then cited reviews from the British Journal of Medicine, the Journal of the Endocrine Society, and the American Academy of Pediatrics, which all concluded that there was little evidence to support that gender transition treatments are beneficial for minors.
In fact, a review in the Journal of the Endocrine Society found there is “low-quality evidence for the idea that hormonal treatment improves the quality of life, depression, and anxiety among adolescents.”
Moreover, a Washington Post poll conducted in May showed that 68% of Americans disapprove of using puberty blockers on minors, a notion that those in support of Crenshaw’s bill have used as evidence of why taxpayer money should not support such treatments.
More broadly, the idea that the federal government should not fund gender transition treatments has also been echoed in nations such as the U.K., in which the National Health Service limited access to such procedures by minors.
The pushback from Crenshaw comes as the debate on gender transition treatments on minors heats up. In other states, like Idaho and Arkansas, Republican-led legislatures have passed bills cracking down on medical providers offering services to minors.
There is no doubt that Crenshaw’s message has resonated on Capitol Hill and with those in America who disapprove of using taxpayer funds for gender transition treatments on minors. Crenshaw’s questioning has undoubtedly highlighted the adversity surrounding the notion and opened up the country to much-needed dialogue.