AMA: No medically valid reason to ban transgender individuals from U.S. military

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CHICAGO — The American Medical Association has adopted a policy stating there is no medically valid reason for the military‘s ban on transgender service members.

At its annual policymaking meeting in Chicago on Monday, The nation’s largest physicians group also affirmed that transgender service members should receive care according to the same medical standards that apply to all other military personnel.

The new policy is intended to help modify the military regulations that bar transgender individuals from the military and prohibit providing medical necessary care as determined by a doctor.

An estimated 15,500 transgender individuals serving in currently in the U.S. military face being discharged if discovered during military service.

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The new AMA policy adds to a growing public consensus, including former public health and military officers, which questions the military’s policies toward transgender individuals, and the negative impact these policies have on the health of transgender service members, said AMA President Robert M. Wah, M.D.

Associated Press contributed to this report.

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