The American Academy of Pediatrics has reaffirmed their support for gender affirming medical care, even though there is a growing push from Republican legislators across the U.S. to ban and restrict these treatments.
The group’s board of directors, which represents more than 67,000 pediatricians in the United States, voted unanimously to reaffirm their 2018 position regarding the treatments. The board voted also to provide pediatricians with additional documents, such as clinical and technical reports and to conduct an outside review of the research.
Mark Del Monte said that in a group statement, “the additional recommendations reflect the fact the board is worried about restrictions on accessing evidence-based healthcare for young people, who need it.” Del Monte called the restrictions implemented by states an “unprecedented intrusion by government.”
He said, “We need to ensure the best possible process that is transparent.”
A federal judge a href=”https://apnews.com/article/politics-arkansas-gender-lgbtq legislation” target=”_blank”>struck down Arkansas’ ban/a> as unconstitutional, and federal judges have temporarily blocked bans in a href=”https://apnews.com/article/health/alabama/gender identity/d01d4e362647b28800da Federal judges have declared Arkansas’ ban unconstitutional. They also temporarily blocked bans by Alabama, and Indiana.
In his decision against the ban, the judge who struck it down cited the positions of the groups. Arkansas has appealed against the judge’s ruling.
Some people oppose such treatment for children, claiming that they are too young to decide about their future.
The American Medical Association and the Academy of Medicine have all opposed the bans, and said that the treatments were safe when administered correctly.
Both the academy and the AMA are in favor of allowing children access to medical care. However, they do not offer specific age-related guidance.