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.”
Outrageous. The Biden DOJ is thoroughly corrupt & weaponized to attack their political enemies.
They are in bed with Big Tech billionaires in trying to silence you. https://t.co/uxDlaFNHna
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) October 4, 2022
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.”
Thirteen state AGs have sent a letter to Merrick Garland blasting the American Medical Association's call to "investigate and prosecute" critics of radical gender surgeries for minors.
"We respectfully demand that you stand down and allow the national conversation to continue." pic.twitter.com/umQqF2uXgG
— Christopher F. Rufo ⚔️ (@realchrisrufo) October 14, 2022
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.
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.DONATE
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