In March 2016, the American College of Pediatricians, a not-for-profit national organization of pediatricians and other healthcare professionals, issued a statement on the new fad of transgenderism:
The American College of Pediatricians urges educators and legislators to reject all policies that condition children to accept as normal a life of chemical and surgical impersonation of the opposite sex. Facts – not ideology – determine reality….
The norm for human design is to be conceived either male or female. Human sexuality is binary by design with the obvious purpose being the reproduction and flourishing of our species….
No one is born with a gender. Everyone is born with a biological sex. Gender (an awareness and sense of oneself as male or female) is a sociological and psychological concept; not an objective biological one. No one is born with an awareness of themselves as male or female; this awareness develops over time and, like all developmental processes, may be derailed by a child’s subjective perceptions, relationships, and adverse experiences from infancy forward. People who identify as “feeling like the opposite sex” or “somewhere in between” do not comprise a third sex. They remain biological men or biological women.
A person’s belief that he or she is something they are not is, at best, a sign of confused thinking. When an otherwise healthy biological boy believes he is a girl, or an otherwise healthy biological girl believes she is a boy, an objective psychological problem exists that lies in the mind not the body, and it should be treated as such. These children suffer from gender dysphoria.
Under Obama, however, so-called “transgenders” were allowed into the U.S. military.
In July 2017, President Trump tweeted that he wanted to ban them from the military. In January 2019, the Supreme Court ruled that a modified ban could take effect while lower court challenges continue. Democrats, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, have blasted the Pentagon policy as bigoted. She invited transgender troops to Trump’s 2019 State of the Union address.
The American Medical Association, American Psychiatric Association and American Psychological Association oppose the Pentagon’s ban, claiming that there is no medically valid reason to exclude those with the diagnosis of gender dysphoria from military service.
According to data obtained by USA Today, since 2016 through February 1, 2019, the Pentagon, i.e., U.S. taxpayers, has spent nearly $8 million ($7,943,906.75) to treat more than 1,500 “transgender” troops, including:
- $5.8 million on 22,992 psychotherapy visits.
- 9,321 prescriptions for hormone “therapy”.
- More than $2 million on 161 surgical procedures that included 103 breast reductions or mastectomies, 37 hysterectomies, 17 “male reproductive” procedures, and 4 breast augmentations.
The Pentagon’s budget this year is $716 billion.
Data on the population of transgender troops have been closely held at the Pentagon. The number of transgender troops serving who have not sought treatment through the military is not known. Below are estimates of the number of identified “transgenders” (gender dysphoria) in the U.S. military:
- The most definitive estimates of the population of transgender troops have come from a Defense Department-commissioned report by the RAND Corporation conducted in 2016, when the Obama administration lifted the existing ban on service for transgender troops and allowed them to seek treatment. The report estimated as many as several thousand among the 1.3 million service members on active duty in the Air Force, Army, Marine Corps and Navy.
- The data obtained by USA Today are more up-to-date. As of Feb. 1, 2019, 1,524 service members have been diagnosed with gender dysphoria in the Army (500), Navy (442), Air Force (354), Marine Corps (101), Coast Guard (33) and Public Health Service on active duty and in the reserve force (90). Most of them are senior enlisted personnel, but there are 20 senior officers – majors and lieutenant commanders and higher – as well.
Brad Carson, former undersecretary of the Army and one of the architects of Obama’s transgenders-in-the-military policy who is now a professor of public policy at the University of Virginia, said that the number of transgender troops is smaller than anticipated, which indicates that recruits are not joining the military to receive transgender “medical” treatment. Carson airily dismisses the cost of treating transgender troops as minimal, considering the Pentagon spends about $50 billion per year on health care. He said:
“A few million spent here is dwarfed by the treatment cost of virtually any ache and pain you can think of,”
The current Pentagon policy on transgenders is confusing. Air Force Lt. Col. Carla Gleason, a Pentagon spokeswoman, said:
“We need every qualified patriot willing to serve in our armed forces. The 2018 update to the 2016 policy is not a ban on transgender service members; it is a policy on gender dysphoria. Any currently serving transgender service member with a diagnosis of gender dysphoria will remain under the 2016 policy. Any new policy will not apply to those individuals.”
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