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Marjorie Taylor Greene is outraged that doctors oppose her anti-trans kids bill

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene
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Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) is outraged that the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) – the largest professional association of pediatricians in the U.S. – supports evidence-based care for transgender youth and doesn’t support her bill to ban gender-affirming care.

“It’s unimaginable that the American Academy of Pediatrics would support the genital mutilation of children let alone fight for it,” she tweeted this morning. “Shame on them. We must pass my Protect Children’s Innocence Act!”

Greene linked an article from the far-right website The Post Millennial that discusses comments made this past May by Jeff Hudson, then the State Government Affairs Analyst for the AAP, at a virtual meeting of the Wisconsin AAP about gender-affirming care.

Hudson was talking about attempts by several states to ban gender-affirming care for transgender youth this year. He pointed out that if all the states that were considering bans on gender-affirming care May passed them this year, an estimated 58,200 transgender teens would lose access to health care.

“It’s really unheard of that such a population would be denied best-practice medical care,” Hudson said.

The AAP has been vocal in its support of transgender youth, issuing a statement in January denouncing states considering bans on gender-affirming care.

“It is critically important for every child to have access to quality, comprehensive and evidence-based care — transgender and gender-diverse youth are no exception,” said AAP Immediate Past President Lee Savio Beers, M.D. “As pediatricians, we will continue to speak up and advocate for our patients. We also want transgender and gender-diverse youth to know that not only do we care for them, we care about them, we value them and we will do all we can to ensure they have access to the care they need and deserve.”

Most other large health care and mental health care professional organizations support age-appropriate gender-affirming care for trans youth, including the American Medical Association and the American Psychiatric Association, much to the consternation of rightwing leaders who don’t like the idea of LGBTQ+ people, especially youth.

The bill that Greene mentioned, her Protect Children’s Innocence Act, would ban transgender youth from accessing gender-affirming care, make it more difficult for adults to access gender-affirming care, and ban medical schools from teaching about gender-affirming care. She has said in the past that she believes that parents force their kids to become transgender, which contradicts the experiences of so many trans people who have had parents who opposed their attempts to live their lives authentically.

“It’s these mothers that think it’s like a handbag,” Greene said on Alex Jones’s Infowars in February. “They need to have a boy, a girl, and a trans child like as if they’re some kind of accessory.”

On Twitter, people suggested that the AAP knows more about children’s health than Greene does.

Video of Hudson’s comments is below.

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