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Missouri Attorney General Blasts DOD Over Military Doctors’ Support for Puberty Blockers for Children

Missouri Attorney General Blasts DOD Over Military Doctors’ Support for Puberty Blockers for Children

Four military doctors advocated for the provision of puberty blockers and cross-sex hormone treatments for children of military parents

In a disturbing story entitled “Pentagon Doctors Claim 7-Year-Olds Can Make Decisions to be Injected with Hormones, Puberty Suppressants,” Fox News recently brought attention to an article written by four military health providers published in the American Journal of Public Health.

In the article, the four military health professionals, joined by a civilian MD, argued that the “only pathway for children of military members who present with gender dysphoria symptoms is to immediately move towards ‘gender-affirming health care, such as puberty suppression and affirming hormones.'”  Even worse, the they “went so far as to claim 7-year-olds can make their own medical decisions” about beginning the gender transformation process.

“The authors [also] said that on the basis of ‘human rights,’ ‘youths… have an inherent ability and right to consent to gender-affirming therapy'” and “demanded the military train all of its providers on their ideas on gender medical interventions for minors, despite acknowledging that 53% of military-affiliated physicians in the Department of Defense health system indicated they would refuse to prescribe hormones regardless of any training.”

Most egregiously, the doctors “proceeded to blast clinicians who pause before changing a minor’s gender to see if they would grow out of the dysphoria, calling it ‘unethical'”:

“Some well-intentioned military-affiliated clinicians may not be aware that a ‘watchful waiting’ approach has a different risk profile than a gender-affirmative approach (which allows for gender identity exploration), and that ‘conversion therapy’ is unethical, harmful, and generally illegal,” they said. “Patients may face ‘gatekeeping’ and major delays in care, including protracted and pathologizing psychiatric evaluations that question patient motives.”

“[L]aws [banning transgender drugs]… assume that [gender diverse] adolescents and their parents are incapable of understanding the risks and benefits of gender-affirming medical care and then deciding what is in the youth’s best interest,” the doctors continued. “Prior research has found that children can begin participating in their medical decision-making as early as age seven years with gradual increases in decision-making capacity, and adolescents prefer shared decision-making.”

The article’s authors include the following:

  • “David A. Klein [MD, MPH, who] is with the Departments of Family Medicine and Pediatrics, Uniformed Services University, Bethesda, MD, and the Department of Family Medicine, David Grant Medical Center, Travis Air Force Base, CA,” and specializes in “Reproductive health, LGBTQ+ health, Eating disorders [and] Adolescent Medicine
  • “Natasha A. Schvey [PhD, who] is with the Department of Medical and Clinical Psychology, Uniformed Services University, ” and specializes in “Stigma and Health[,] Body weight and eating disorders, gender identity, [and] children and adolescents
  • “Thomas A. Baxter [DO, i.e. a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, who] is with the Department of Family Medicine, David Grant Medical Center, Travis Air Force Base, CA”
  • “Noelle S. Larson [MD, who] is with the Department of Pediatrics, Uniformed Services University, and the Department of Pediatrics, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda” and
  • “Christina M. Roberts [MD, MPH, who] is with the Division of Adolescent Medicine, Children’s Mercy Kansas City, and the Department of Pediatrics, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine,” and specializes in adolescent medicine and pediatrics.  Dr. Roberts apparently is not professionally associated with the military.

Readers should note that Children’s Mercy Kansas City funded the “open access fees” for the article. Some digging reveals that “open access fees,” also called “article processing fees,” or “APCs,” “are used by open access journals [like the American Journal of Public Health] in lieu of subscription fees that libraries and readers traditionally have paid to gain access to research articles.  APCs shift the burden of journal production costs (editing, peer review, hosting, archiving, preservation), to authors from readers.”

So Children’s Mercy Kansas City, where Dr. Christina Roberts, the only civilian-associated co-author of the article discussed above, works, paid for the article to be published.  Readers are encouraged to review Dr. Christina Roberts’ bio page, available here.  How the article came to be published is unclear, as is why four doctors who work at military facilities signed on to a civilian-sponsored article.

In any case, enter Missouri Attorney General, Andrew Bailey, who obviously became aware of the article and sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin about it, as Breitbart News recently reported here:

“Even as the threats to this country from foreign adversaries worsen, your department is apparently preoccupied with advancing shocking claims that pander to activist crowds,” the letter opens.

“These gender interventions can cause permanent sterility, worsen mental health, hamper brain development, cause blindness, and even lead to premature mortality,” Attorney General Bailey’s letter reads before going on to question, “How is a seven-year-old supposed to assess all these known side effects and consent?”

Bailey cited the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, who found that “there is a lack of current evidence-based guidance for the care of children who identify as transgender, particularly regarding the benefits and harms of pubertal suppression, medical affirmation with hormone therapy, and surgical affirmation,” and noted to Secretary Lloyd:

This recognition that there is no solid clinical evidence supporting gender-transition interventions calls into question whether anybody (much less seven-year-olds) can truly consent to these interventions if they are not informed of this absence of evidence and the serious health consequences.

Bailey summarized, citing his own military experience:

I have led troops in combat and I have seen young soldiers, far from home, spill their blood to complete the mission their country asked of them.  As Secretary of Defense, you have a sacred duty to make sure that every time Americans are ordered into harm’s way they go with the assurance that their senior military leaders are one-hundred percent committed to making the mission a success and bringing them home to their families.

The Pentagon lacks this single-mindedness…When our nation’s top military brass lose focus and prioritize political correctness instead of military readiness, our nation is less safe, and our enemies are emboldened.

It is time to return to your constitutional mission of protecting the American people.

Finally, Bailey requested that Secretary Austin provide him with “all of the medical studies your doctors have relied on to advance this radical position which includes allowing grade school-aged children to undergo life-altering gender transition interventions” by April 30.

All I can say is that, as a 31-year military veteran with a daughter who was birthed by military doctors and cared for by military doctors almost exclusively until she went to college, this report sent a chill down by spine and made me realize that parents today have to watch their kids’ school and pediatric doctors like a hawk, even military parents.  Thank God someone is taking action on these radical military doctors – why it is the Missouri Attorney General and not members of Congress, I don’t know, but good for AG Andrew Bailey.

For more evidence that military children are at risk, see the tweet below where a military health professional states that a military parent cannot access their child’s medical record on-line if the child is 12 or over, that this policy has been that way for at least 6 six years, and that the medical community does not have to tell parents virtually anything that their teenage children disclose to medical:

The reaction of the parent in this video is exactly what my reaction would have been, and I can say with confidence that the day I heard about this policy I would have resigned my officer’s commission.

These are truly scary times we live in.


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A 7 year cant pick his bed time, but can pick his / her gender?

Beyond words

They really are coming for our children

I don’t understand how alienating children from their parents improves readiness.

Congress should look at this.

    Paul in reply to malclave. | April 16, 2023 at 10:30 pm

    It’s part of the Marxist long march through our institutions. Yes, they’re fully inside the military tent now.

    Let that sink in a bit, and consider how that bodes for the future of our republic.

    markm in reply to malclave. | April 18, 2023 at 10:57 am

    They can’t expect to turn one of the USA’s most conservative institutions into communist stooges overnight, so for now, what they want is the opposite of “improving readiness”.

Truly sickening

I graduated from med school in 1981, spent 3 years as a Navy flight surgeon (commitment for health professions scholarship). Hadn’t completed a residency— later in internal medicine— but saw families and kids. I knew Navy pediatricians and I can’t imagine myself or any of them having any part of something so detrimental.

I worked with an HMO for 30 years before retiring in 2020. I realized they leaned Left, but I I never thought it actually directly affected providing appropriate patient care.

Until now. I’m sure they are in the thick of this. Where is the moral compass? I have never been so absolutely terrified about the state of Medicine in our nation. Makes me shudder.

Levine’s Dreams of Herr Mengele.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair | April 17, 2023 at 3:47 am

What can you say? There are truly insane and EVIL ghouls in positions of authority and power. These are people that any self-respecting society would have locked up (and for good reason). Completely insane.

This will not end well. It seems to me that it is going to be uglier than anyone can imagine.

Completely insane, soulless, evil ghouls. You could not have made this stuff up.

How did we ever get to this point, at which doctors are assumed to be these all-knowing beings who can not only diagnose your runny nose, but should also be the ones who determine public policy? What a bizarre and unfounded leap that is.

    Gremlin1974 in reply to aslannn. | April 17, 2023 at 2:58 pm

    About the same time we made the mistake as a society to allow “Celebrities” come to believe they were actual people of importance who opinions should be considered. Think about that for a moment. Someone who is paid to deceive you into thinking they are a certain character has more political pull these days then an actual elected representative.

Elon Musk: “Any parent or doctor who sterilizes a child before they are a consenting adult should go to prison for life.”

And that idiot NP was literally jumping up and down with glee as she told her audience of her power over them and there children

Made me want to slap her

And then the other woman takes stage to lend support for the idiot cause she didn’t like the questioning

    gonzotx in reply to gonzotx. | April 17, 2023 at 1:14 pm

    Oh you are so funny with your down votes

    Boring life?

      Pot meet kettle. You spend how many hours a day here? Commenting (usually off-topic and not even your own idea, just links to or fully copy and pastes of other sites) and making snide side-swipes at people who don’t support Trump or won’t in the primary. Is it really a big surprise that people downvote you? And the more you complain about it, the more it happens. Gee, I wonder why?

Just wait. If the US ever have to impose a draft again because recruitment goals aren’t met, we can anticipate more young men claiming to be women. This trans trend is becoming more the mainstream every day.

What does the Pentagon or the military-industrial complex stand to gain by advancing this policy? Why cater to such a small and obviously deranged minority and their activists?

My first guess is that they are using the tranny social contagion as a sort of laboratory for experimentation in social control. I cannot imagine how advancing their agenda does anything else but placate the tiny number of members who have fallen victim to this colossal fraud/mass hysteria.

This is not restricted to military pediatric care. Pediatricians believe that since some parents are abusive, they are justified in keeping conversations with the children of all parents confidential. I believe this is abuse on the part of pediatricians.

It should be an indication of how far the military has fallen that the LCDR who was speaking on official Navy policy was wearing that Unfortunate Outfit instead of her Uniform.

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