Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) criticized doctors providing so-called “gender-affirming care” to children, saying the public should have the right to pursue legal action against them.
“[They] talk about these young kids getting ‘gender-affirming care.’ They don’t tell you what that is,” the governor said Wednesday. “They’re actually giving very young girls double mastectomies; they want to castrate these young boys. That’s wrong.”
“They wanna castrate these young boys – that’s wrong … I think these doctors need to get sued for what’s happening.”pic.twitter.com/rOOZiPGusP
— Citizen Free Press (@CitizenFreePres) August 3, 2022
“You don’t disfigure 10, 12, 13-year-old kids based on gender dysphoria. 80% of it resolves anyways by the time they get older,” he added. “I think these doctors need to get sued for what’s happening.”
The Republican governor made the remarks while speaking at a press conference unveiling the Coordinated Opioid Recovery program meant to address the state’s widespread drug problem, which DeSantis has attributed to the Biden administration.
Back in April, the Florida Department of Health released guidance pushing back on a fact sheet regarding “treating gender dysphoria for children and adolescents” recently disseminated by the US Dept. of Health and Human Services, saying the federal recommendations have “the potential for long-term, irreversible effects,” and “run an unacceptably high risk of doing harm.”
Today, the Florida Department of Health released guidance pushing back on @HHSGov unscientific shift in the treatment of gender dysphoria for children and adolescents.
— Florida Dept. of Health (@HealthyFla) April 20, 2022