Feb. 1 (UPI) — Former President Donald Trump took aim Tuesday at transgender Americans, vowing that if re-elected he will end gender-affirming medical care for minors, ask Congress to pass legislation directing the U.S. government to only recognize one’s birth gender and promote “positive education of the nuclear family” and “the roles of mothers and fathers.”
The former president announced the campaign pledge online in a video in which he presented a 10-point plan he framed as protecting the United State’s children from the “left-wing gender insanity.”
Trump said if re-elected he would stop gender-affirming care for minors, which he described as “child abuse” and “chemical, physical and emotional mutilation.”
The Republican promised that on the first day in office he would revoke the gender-affirming policies of President Joe Biden‘s administration, a measure he would follow with an executive order prohibiting federal agencies from promoting “the concept of sex and gender transition at any age.”
Congress will also be asked, he said, to pass a law banning gender-affirming care for minors nationwide and a bill “establishing that the only genders recognized by the United States’ government are male and female and they are assigned at birth.”
He also vowed to terminate Medicaid and Medicare accreditation for hospitals and healthcare providers that offer such care, while promising to support the creation of a mechanism to sue doctors who perform gender affirming-procedures on minors.
Under a Trump administration, the former President promised the Department of Education would level “severe consequences” including civil rights violations and funding freezes on states and schools if “any teacher or school official suggests to a child that they could be trapped in the wrong body.”
His plan would also promote the nuclear family and the traditional roles of mothers and fathers while “celebrating rather than erasing the things that make me and women different and unique.”
Under his plan, biological men would be banned from women’s sports, Trump added.
“No serious country should be telling its children that they were born with the wrong gender, a concept that was never heard of in all of human history — nobody’s ever heard of this what’s happening today,” he said. “It was all when the radical left invented it just a few years ago.”
The controversial proposals are expected to be fiercely rebutted by Democrats, and LGBTQ advocates as well as health practitioners who have repeatedly voiced support over the years for widely accepted gender-affirming care for minors.
The American Medical Association, the nation’s largest medical group, has a policy of supporting gender-affirming care, and has repeatedly called on politicians to stop interfering in the healthcare of transgender children.
The American Academy of Pediatrics has similarly said its organizations “strongly oppose” any legislation that limits access to gender-affirming care while urging for…
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