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American Medical Association Wants DOJ To Investigate Opposition To Childhood Gender Surgery, 13 State AGs Push Back

American Medical Association Wants DOJ To Investigate Opposition To Childhood Gender Surgery, 13 State AGs Push Back

Five Republican Senators also fired off a letter to Garland with some very pointed questions.

As we are all keenly aware, this idea of “misinformation” and its kissing cousin “disinformation” are leftist terms for anything with which they disagree and/or that contradicts their narrative of the day. They know they are lying, that their “narrative” is completely out-of-touch with the vast majority of people in this country, so they are trying to silence anyone who dares point out the flaws in—or even ask questions about—their preferred fantastical claims, assertions, and mandates.

The left is going all-in on silencing political opposition, be it parents at school board meetings, peaceful pro-life protesters, or any and all “Ultra MAGAs,” condemned and demonized by Joe “I am the Democratic Party” Biden in his infamous blood-“red speech.”

Indeed, earlier this month, it was widely reported that the American Medical Association (AMA) and other such groups petitioned the heavily politicized and thoroughly corrupt Merrick Garland DOJ to “investigate” and “prosecute” people for speaking out against the genital and other mutilations of physically healthy children in the name of “transgenderism.”

Fox News reported at the time:

A group of national medical associations are asking President Biden’s Department of Justice to investigate alleged “disinformation campaigns” against transgender surgeries for minors.

The American Medical Association (AMA), Children’s Hospital Association (CHA) and American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) sent a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland on Monday asking the department to take “swift action to investigate and prosecute” individuals responsible for what they alleged are “increasing threats of violence” against hospitals and physicians targeted for “providing evidence-based gender-affirming care.”

. . . . The AAP and AMA collectively represent more than 270,000 physicians and medical students, and CHA represents more than 220 children’s hospitals across the country.

“Our organizations are dedicated to the health and well-being of all children and adolescents. We are committed to the full spectrum of patient care — from prevention to critical care,” the groups said in a media statement. “We stand with the physicians, nurses, mental health specialists, and other health care professionals who provide evidence-based health care, including gender-affirming care, to children and adolescents.”

Thirteen state attorneys general sent a letter to Garland warning him not to open that particular can of worms, that prosecuting people for expression of their First Amendment rights was clearly a bridge too far.

Thirteen state attorneys general have warned U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland against prosecuting critics of child gender transition surgeries.

The letter comes as the left-wing medical establishment, including the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), American Medical Association (AMA), and the Children’s Hospital Association (CHA), sent a letter to Garland asking him to investigate and prosecute those who disagree with their practices on treating gender dysphoria in children.

“You cannot and should not undertake such investigations or prosecutions,” the attorneys general, led by Tennessee’s Jonathan Skrmetti, wrote.

The attorneys general contend that the medical establishment is concerned about how their medical treatment regime is being characterized by their critics and seek to shut down their critics’ speech.

“The president of the Children’s Hospital Association targets ‘misleading and inflammatory comments that result in threats,’” the letter states. “No doubt the medical associations object to the characterization of double mastectomies for minors as ‘mutilation’ or ‘cutting healthy breasts off teen girls,’ or of hormonal treatments as ‘chemical castration.’”

“These descriptors may inflame and provoke,” they wrote. “They are also entirely protected by the First Amendment.”

The letter addresses the grossly incorrect suggestion by these leftist groups that the science is settled on “gender-affirming” child mutilation.

Doctors in favor of the mutilation and castration contend, as the the AAP, AMA, and CHA did in their letter, that they are merely engaged in “providing evidence-based gender-affirming care.”

Indeed, the attorneys general point out the discrepancy: While the Florida Medicaid Unit has found “insufficient evidence” that hormone treatments, puberty blockers, and mutilation surgeries are “safe and effective treatment for gender dysphoria,” the medical establishment “endorse a monolithic consensus they tout as impermeable to doubt.”

The attorneys general also pointed to restrictions in Sweden, the United Kingdom, and France following investigations on the use of such drugs and procedures.

“One might expect a bit more intellectual humility from U.S. medical organizations when they address the life-altering, irreversible procedures they are championing as the cure du jour for pediatric gender dysphoria,” they wrote before comparing the modern medical fanaticism about gender treatments to the eugenics movement and the use of lobotomies.

“Medical associations should follow the science, not try to stifle public debate – especially when they’re pushing a divisive ideology that could literally ruin children’s lives,” Dr. Stanley Goldfarb, chair of medical watchdog Do No Harm, said in a press release. “The AMA demands that we follow their lead without question, yet these are the same forces who falsely equate psychological counseling for children to ‘conversion therapy’ in order to railroad minors into a predetermined path of drugs and surgery.”

“The better path is to listen to these state attorneys general and let this conversation continue nationwide,” he concluded.

A group of Republican senators–Ted Cruz, R-Texas, Roger Marshall, R-Kan., Mike Lee, R-Utah, Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., and Ron Johnson, R-Wis.–also fired off a letter to Garland expressing outrage at the weaponization of the DOJ and its components (such as the FBI) targeting and attempting to silence free speech. You can read the letter here.

NewsMax reports:

Five Republican senators have written Attorney General Merrick Garland to denounce the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) policing and suppressing of speech concerning whether minors should receive experimental gender-reassignment procedures.

. . . . “This request by advocacy organizations to have the federal government stifle critical speech on their behalf would have been unthinkable before your tenure as Attorney General,” the senators’ letter read. “It is important to note that violence and threats are not protected speech and should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

“However, parents who voice their concerns about the health and safety of their children, or express opinions on matters of public policy more generally, are engaged in core First Amendment activity.”

. . . . “If there is a bedrock principle in American self-governance, it is that the federal government has no place in quashing or criminalizing civic discourse,” the letter read. “The issue of how best to treat minors struggling with their gender dysphoria is the subject of ongoing and emotional debate, which Americans have a protected First Amendment right to fully engage in.

“The strength of our democracy is dependent on the ability of all citizens to peacefully participate in public debate without fear of persecution from your agency or any other.”

The senators also referenced a National School Board Association (NSBA) September, 2021 letter to President Joe Biden demanding that the DOJ “target parents upset over the inclusion of critical race theory in school curriculum, mask mandates in schools, and other issues relating to the education of their children, doing so under the pretext that such parents were domestic terrorists,” the senators’ letter said.

The senators included a list of three questions they want Garland to answer by November 1, 2022:

1. Did you, or any other Department of Justice employee, solicit the October 3 letter from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Medical Association, and/or the Children’s Hospital Association or any of their representatives?

2. Have you, or any other Department of Justice employee, had any discussion prior to or since the letter’s release, with the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Medical Association, and/or the Children’s Hospital Association or any of their representatives relating to the letter, the policy it advocates, or otherwise? If so, please provide all responsive records of those conversations in an unredacted format.

3. Is engaging in a so-called “intentional campaign of disinformation” (e.g. members of the public engaging in discourse on their differing views about the gender reassignment of minors) a prosecutable offense? If so, what statute is implicated?

The first two questions allude to the revelation that the Biden administration conspired with the National School Boards Association (NSBA) to write the letter that called on the DOJ to treat concerned parents as “domestic terrorists.”

The third is essentially unanswerable because such discourse is protected speech under our Constitution’s First Amendment. That fact won’t stop them from continuing this unAmerican push to silence any and all debate surrounding child mutilation and every other radical leftist agenda item. It never does.

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Not only do we need a Nuremberg like trial re Covid 19, I think we need one for this crew as well. Medical experimentation and exploitation +
medical malpractice.
I simply cannot believe anyone at all is going along with this insanity!

    Valerie in reply to lc. | October 16, 2022 at 7:56 pm

    The incoming lawsuits will do. Those creeps should work for the kids they have mutilated for the rest of their lives.

      JohnSmith100 in reply to Valerie. | October 16, 2022 at 9:19 pm

      Lawsuits are not enough, they are intentionally mutilating children. Maybe a threshold can be set for capital punishment. How many mutilations would it take, one, ten? This is as bad, maybe worse than female genital mutilation which is practiced by some of the dumbest people in the world.

    artichoke in reply to lc. | October 16, 2022 at 10:29 pm

    How many premeds have you known? Those are the people who become doctors. Does that explain it? They’ll typically do anything to grease their way in the system, all the while letting you think it’s upright.

      M Poppins in reply to artichoke. | October 17, 2022 at 4:55 pm

      Frustrating that no one seems to understand that this the result of the overemphasis on STEM and the suppression of The Humanities in school curricula. There was a time when doctors and scientists were educated, with knowledge that drew on literature, history, and the arts in general, and that shaped a moral worldview. The doctors of the past two decades are sub literate and have no connection to morality. That’s why they don’t speak out against abortion, and why they’re so ready to engage in these Moreau-like horrors. They’ve probably never heard of Dr Moreau. Many haven’t even heard of Mengele.

These attorneys general are griping.. Don’t do it Merrick.. Don’t do it.. it is wrong… But so what? The DOJ has done whatever it feels like time, after time, with impunity. As long as they are in charge of punitive action, there will be none. It is that simple.

TY Fuzzy for a great article…

AMA acting like a fascist dictator–who would have thought it?

    JohnSmith100 in reply to rochf. | October 16, 2022 at 9:28 pm

    I started my engineering career in medical instrumentation. I moved to industrial controls, in large part because so many doctors were arrogant sobs, a large number had a god complex.

      The Gentle Grizzly in reply to JohnSmith100. | October 17, 2022 at 9:43 am

      I had a teacher in college who used an apt expression to describe doctors, judges, and other title-types. “They see themselves as next in line for the first vacancy in the Holy Trinity “.

AMA… 75% of Drs don’t belong because they are so woke

    empiricallyobvious in reply to gonzotx. | October 16, 2022 at 9:26 pm

    The AMA is a totally corrupt arm of the DNC. Aside from the fact that a minority of MDs in the US belong, they are lackeys of Democrats. Want proof? Recall that they were initially not in favor of Obamacare. However, the AMA owns the contract for the then ICD-9 codes, now ICD-10. All procedures are coded for payment and medical records using the system. Obama’s HHS threatened to not renew the contract and thus cost the AMA tens of millions of dollars. End result? The AMA caved and became the erstwhile voice of “all doctors” according to the MSM and helped Obama push the monstrosity through congress.
    They are obedient little minions of the left, now seeking a return of the favor to stifle dissent of gender mutilation surgery because there is BIG money in those surgeries and the AMA is corrupt to the core…

This is a complete perversion of justice. The Democratic Party doesn’t realize how far gone it is.

    JohnSmith100 in reply to chrisboltssr. | October 16, 2022 at 9:31 pm

    Dems are like lemmings, both running at full steam to their own destruction.

    Oh yeah, they know.

    Push forward 3, get knocked back 2, net result = they are +1.
    Rinse and repeat.

    They have been doing this successfully for the last century because Reps give a little here, a little there, and it adds up. Suddenly, they have the outrageous thing they wanted in the first place.

    Examples? “Voting rights” morphs to no ID required voting, mass mailing out of ballots, and non-citizen voting. “We just want same sex marriage to be recognized” to bi-sexual bathrooms in schools, etc.

      JHogan in reply to Gosport. | October 17, 2022 at 8:25 am

      We nearing the bottom of many slippery slopes.

      Slippery slopes that were discounted as ignorant irrational fears by those pushing us ever closer to the edges. People who were lying and knew all along exactly what they were doing.

      JohnC in reply to Gosport. | October 17, 2022 at 1:25 pm

      “We just want same sex marriage to be recognized”

      You need to back 20 or 30 years before THAT was on the table, back when the mantra was, “We don’t want same sex marriage. We just want equal rights for our partners.”

        M Poppins in reply to JohnC. | October 17, 2022 at 5:02 pm

        I predicted back then that this would be the result of “we just want…” And I said it as someone working in the arts, with many close friends who were hmsxl. I loved them, but I knew that this policy would be destructive to society.

Is your doctor a member of the AMA? Start there. Tell your friends to start there. Push back. Don’t allow the vile AMA to dictate to anyone how they should think or feel about any subject.

When a goober makes a threat then by all means investigate them. Of course that also includes investigating the ones made v pro-life folks instead of seemingly ignoring the growing pattern of violence.

Dissenting opinions are not threats. Mistakenly offering incorrect statements as fact is not a threat. Deliberately misrepresenting things which are untrue as if they were true is not a threat. Even, perhaps especially, when offered by unpopular people or political opponents. That’s speech. The way to counter bad speech is by offering good speech in rebuttals.

Their issue is they can’t make persuasive arguments so they don’t want to allow that debate to occur or opinions to be discussed. They simply expect the rest of us to bow down to the received wisdom and dictates they deigned to share with us. IOW they want the peasantry to STHU.

    Insufficiently Sensitive in reply to CommoChief. | October 17, 2022 at 11:10 am

    Deliberately misrepresenting things which are untrue as if they were true is not a threat.

    Remember ‘If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor’? It’s understood that campaigning politicians can lie their way to election, but some misrepresentations when acted on, and which really damage someone, still leave the misrepresenter fully liable.

    M Poppins in reply to CommoChief. | October 17, 2022 at 5:05 pm

    But dissenting opinions are a threat to all tyrannies. The castrating mommies who run the Left will punish you for saying them.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair | October 16, 2022 at 11:23 pm

Anyone who supports the wholesale mutilation of minors (everyone under 18) is a sick, depraved lunatic who belongs in jail (separated from civil society).

It is really unbelievable that such sick perverts could be treated like anything but the worst sort of sex offenders and child abusers that they so clearly are.

American society, over the past couple of decades, has allowed the sickest, most depraved, and dumbest people to take over so many of the levers of power in the country. It is really astounding … and will serve as a sad, pathetic joke and scary cautionary tale for millenia into the future.

“evidence based gender affirming care”

If these people were a tenth as good at their jobs as they are at creating positive sounding propaganda phrases, the world would be in a much better state.

TDS has really make their heads explode…

Much of the rest of the world is taking notes on what is happening in a now self destructive America.

Assembling a list of things to prevent happening, by any means necessary, in their own country.

I’m pretty sure allowing the sexualization and sexual mutilation of their children by, essentially, a state controlled by perverted ‘experts’ and pedophiles is very high on the list.

Not so long ago America was held up as an example of what other nations were trying to be — albeit imperfect but continually changing for the better. Increasingly the opposite is true. A self-destructive America is becoming an example of what not to be.

E Howard Hunt | October 17, 2022 at 9:03 am

I thought that the brilliant Father Malachi Martin took an overwrought and bizarre wrong turn in his book, Hostage to the Devil. He asserted that Satan would gain a foothold to capture modern man’s soul through the transsexual movement. I thought such a small, perverted, repellent movement could never gain traction in the greater population. Boy, was I wrong. Stop overthinking this issue. The explanation is simple- EVIL.

Very few Doctors belong to the AMA. I am not sure why anyone pays any attention to their bloviating nonsense anymore.

This latest idiocy from the AMA will just drive more MD’s out.

https://www.physiciansweekly.com/is-the-ama-really-the-voice-of-physicians-in-the-us

the science is settled
This is always an appeal to authority (a logical fallacy). It’s a favorite technique of technocrats.

Every one of those organizations should be decertified in those states. They should not be allowed to have any say in any state institutions nor should they be allowed to have any say in certifying/testing/endorsing medical professionals.

More and more I believe that the arc of history bends inevitably towards insanity.

    henrybowman in reply to Stuytown. | October 18, 2022 at 12:29 am

    It’s the old wheel:
    Hard times create strong men
    Strong men create good times
    Good times create weak men
    Weak men create hard times
    But it seems to be stuck on step 4 right now, like the frozen wheel on the Lost island.

Mengele mandate(s) under political congruence (“=”) including transgender conversion therapy. Wait until they’re viable, say twenty something and consent to the experiment by medical and surgical mutilation, or psychiatric corruption. #HateLovesAbortion

    Tionico in reply to n.n. | October 18, 2022 at 4:52 am

    and let the one demanding the surgeries and drugs pay for them. NOT my healthcare insurance. Their fantasies make MY premiums go up

Anyone who thinks that the vile Dumb-o-crats aren’t becoming increasingly unabashed and brazen in acting on their totalitarian ethos and urges has their head stuck in the sand. These idiots want to silence, intimidate and suppress dissenting views on everything from the Wuhan virus, to the supremacist ideology of “Submission,” to non-medically necessary “transgender” treatments and surgeries, “climate change,” etc., etc.

Back about mid 20th Century we desanctified the doctor/patient relationship. We gave up control of our own health care and put it in the hands of the state, the politicians, who promptly created a massive bureaucracy with the ensuing corruption and outlandish bankrupting costs that were unheard of when I was a child. Even shortly after the passage of Medicare and Medicaid, the entire cost for the birth of my son in 1969 was $500.00 which I easily paid on my modest income.

Should we wonder then that the likes of corrupt and power hungry people such as Garland, Fauci and Biden and the like are menacing and politicizing our lives beyond imagination and dividing us thoroughly?

    BierceAmbrose in reply to DesertBunny. | October 17, 2022 at 2:29 pm

    “Back about mid 20th Century we …; gave up control of our own health care”

    Start with employers can deduct employee health benefits, pre-tax, while it’s mostly post-tax for individuals, however you structure it.

    These days, an HSA — the pre-tax with your own money — requires you be enrolled in a “plan” they approve of.

    At some point encumbering becomes banning. The legal-weasels have great fun playing in that zone, in the meanwhile.

      Pelosi killed my HSA by raising the contribution a mere $50, rendering it worthless

        BierceAmbrose in reply to murkyv. | October 18, 2022 at 3:45 pm

        Called second biggest lie after “… you can keep your doctor”, was “… you can keep your health plan.” Shoulda been first. “Hey, we’re redesigning everything about health care funding, delivery, administration, and regulation but your plan won’t change.” Jeebus H Tiny-Dancer’s Brother on a Death Panel, what are you doing if that’s not the whole point?!?

        Only lawerly crap-weasels would split the wording hair, like The Good Talker did, claiming they didn’t take away people’s plans. ‘You can keep it, if it’s still offered. We’re just arranging things guaranteeing the kind you like can’t be offered.”

    $500 in 1969 is like $4000 now, so not so cheap. The cost to deliver a healthy baby without complications vary’s depending upon location, in some areas as low as $6k, but more typically in the range of $10K. However, the number of women dying during childbirth has dropped significantly, making that increase entirely worth it IMO.

We sure dodged a bullet when we kept him off the Supreme Court.

Dean Robinson | October 17, 2022 at 1:35 pm

These associations grossly inflate their own numbers and influence in order to appear more politically powerful, but very few practicing physicians pay any attention to them any more. Dues paying membership numbers are misleading since they are subsidized by profitable business relationships with the insurance industry that has crippled the profession and defrauded patients over the last 3 decades. https://www.physiciansweekly.com/is-the-ama-really-the-voice-of-physicians-in-the-us?pagetype=primary-care

A_Cornell_Alumnus | October 17, 2022 at 1:36 pm

Threats of violence are not protected by the First Amendment.

However, and this is my opinion, I believe “transing” a minor, and even possibly an adult, violates the medical principle to do no harm. It is biologically impossible for a man to become a real woman, or vice versa. While I am not a doctor, my understanding is that putting male hormones into a female body, or female ones into a male one, can cause bad things to happen. As for mastectomies to turn women into men, there are plenty of women who lost breasts to cancer who would probably be grateful to get an unwanted one as a transplant (if this is possible). The threat of doing the corresponding thing to a man’s male characteristics has historically been one of the worst threats ever made. URMC Rochester (medical center, i.e. doctors) warn against numerous risks of “transing” like cancer, blood clots, and even strokes. https://repository.library.georgetown.edu/handle/10822/1029434 contends, “Sexual reassignment surgery (SRS) violates basic medical and ethical principles and is therefore not ethically or medically appropriate.”

None of this justifies employment discrimination, housing discrimination, or harassment of trans people for making what I believe are bad choices but, on the other hand, a doctor is not supposed to do whatever a patient wants if the doctor believes it will harm the patient. There are veterinarians who will not declaw a cat or dock a dog’s tail because that is what the pet owner wants, e.g. if you want a tailless dog, there are breeds that come that way so don’t cut off something that belongs on your dog’s body. I think the AMA and related organizations need to take a second look at the desirability of performing this kind of body modification even on consenting patients.

We are living in Hell

I cannot help but consider this madness in light of the following restrictions placed upon those under 21 or 18 years of age.

They are not wise/mature enough to do any of the follwing:

vote 18
hold public office 18 or 21 or 35
drive a car 16 or commercial vehicle 21
marry 18
own real estate 18
purchase a rifle or shotgun 18 or handgun 21
join the military 18
attend university 18
choose to get nost medical care 18
engage in sezual intercourse 16, some states 18
start a business 18
obtain the license to perform many services, such as cut hair, do nails, medical care, nurse, etc 18, for some in some states 21
teach in a public school 18
work in food service 18
be a real estate agent 18 or 21
hunt wild game without the presence of an adult 16, or 18

Yet they can decide to make decisioins about massive permanant irreversible physical changes to their bodies at ten or twelve, without even informing their parents.

A strange and perverted world these people occupy, indeed.