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TAMPA BAY, Florida (LifeSiteNews) – Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis condemned “gender-affirming care” for children, calling it a euphemism for castration and sterilization. 

During a July 22 Fox News interview with Laura Ingraham, DeSantis responded to Biden HHS Assistant Secretary Richard “Rachel” Levine‘s recent claim that so-called “gender-affirming care” is “medically necessary.”

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“Gender affirming care is medically necessary, safe and effective for transgender and non-binary children and adolescents,” Levine, a gender-confused man, tweeted 

And understand what that is, that’s a euphemism,” DeSantis responded. They will actually take a young boy and castrate the boy. They will take a young girl and do a mastectomy, or they will sterilize her because of the gender dysphoria. There is no evidence that this is something that’s effective medical care.

And we know that people that do this when they’re kids have huge problems going on,” he added. So, we believe that this is not appropriate in the state of Florida. We don’t think a doctor should get a license if they’re doing it.”

And I think these doctors should be able to be sued by these folks when they develop problems later in life,” DeSantis continued. This is wrong. Minors should not be having this type of stuff performed on them. 

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Last week, Levine responded to pushback against Biden administration policies that would allow males who identify as female to compete on female athletic teams and that promote irreversible “gender transitioning” of children. “We really want to base our treatment and affirm and to support and empower these youth,” he said.  

Up to around 100 percent of boys and 90 percent of girls with gender dysphoria come to accept their biological sex as they reach adulthood, according to the American Psychiatric Association, but virtually all of those started on puberty blockers later take cross-sex hormones, as LifeSiteNews has reported. These drugs sterilize users and typically lead to devastating transgender surgeries.

Puberty-blocking drugs, like Supprelin LA and Lupron, are linked to serious, permanent side effects, such as osteoporosis, cognitive impairment, and sterility.

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