California ex-trans teen calls for ban on Medicaid funds for affirming delusions

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“I may not be able to have children and I’m at higher risk for cancer because of efforts to suppress my gender”. A California teen girl, Chloe Cole (17), is speaking out in favor of a Florida rule blocking Medicaid funds for the most recent hype of activism. She once went along with the new post-feminist and extremist cult of gender relativism and, as a child aged 13, was subjected to gender-erasing hormones and surgery. She feels that Medicaid should no longer pay for these interventions which consolidate gender confusion for life.

She now warns that children’s mental and emotional problems (sotware) are actively turned into even bigger physiological problems (hardware) at adult age, once the child enters the gender-suppression facility which acts as a funnel.

“I really didn’t understand all of the ramifications of any of the medical decisions that I apparently was making.”

At the public hearing, she said the suppression efforts went on from ages 13 to 16. She was talked into taking so-called puberty-blocking drugs and testosterone, and was told that surgery to remove her breasts at age 15 was medically necessary.

“I was unknowingly physically cutting off my true self from my body, irreversibly and painfully. I don’t know if I’ll be able to fully carry a child, and I might be at increased risk for certain cancers, mainly cervical cancer, And because I do not have my breasts, I am not able to breastfeed whatever future children I have. That realization, actually, was one of the biggest things that led to me realizing that this was not the path that I should have taken. No child should have to experience what I have.”

When asked what she would say to the public, Cole said,

“Do not transition your kids, do not suppress gender. The procedures can damage your body and mind in ways that we may not fully understand.

Chloe Cole, who formerly identified as transgender, speaks at a roundtable event with Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo.

2. Florida Department of Health

Surgeon General Dr. Lapado told Fox News Digital:

Florida Surgeon General Joseph Lapado

Medicalization of minors with gender confusion might advance the political views of physicians involved in their care, but the data showing any benefits for the actual children is extraordinarily thin. The affirmation model runs an unacceptably high risk of harm. Parents are threatened with fears of suicide, but the treatments have not been shown to actually reduce this risk. These patients need compassionate care of their emotional and mental well-being—not to be in embroiled in political views about sex/gender.”

Cole spoke in favor of Rule 59G-1.050, in which the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA), would restrict Medicaid funding gender-hostile drugs and procedures.

Under the rule, Florida Medicaid would not cover puberty blockers, hormones and hormone antagonists, sex mutilation surgeries, or “any other procedures that alter primary or secondary sexual characteristics” in futile efforts to alleviate mental conflicts and dysmorphia.

3. Florida Health Care Administration

AHCA Communications Director Brock Juarez praised Cole’s testimony as “very thought-provoking.” He also noted AHCA’s recent report finding that several services for treating gender suppression

“are not consistent with widely accepted professional medical standards and are experimental and investigational with the potential for harmful long-term effects.”

Trans-delusion activist groups, however, together with far left-wing medical associations and the discredited American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), a radical fringe in the world of pediatrics, have promoted castration interventions for minors diagnosed with gender dysphoria, condemning the lawful constraint like the ones that the mastectomy-victim Cole is backing up.

Many members of the medical community feel that efforts to suppress gender are not only ineffective but they almost always are extremely harmful. As in the case of Chloe, they often lead to pain and suffering that will last far beyond their occurrence, leaving indelible scars on a person’s body and mind.

The combined effects of feeling powerless at such a young age, the extreme humiliation she now feels with no breasts making her the laughing stock under the shower of each gym, her fears for cancers and early-onset cardiovascular disease, generate profound feelings of shame, guilt, self-disgust, and worthlessness. They almost inevitably result in a damaged self-concept and enduring personality changes. Some feel like having being tortured. Among victims, the suicide rate is up to 35%.

Children and young people are particularly vulnerable as early exposure to such interventions is associated with anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, suicidal ideation, and suicide attempts. The decision to subject a child to gender suppression practices can never truly be in conformity with a child’s best interests.

4. Independent endocrinologists

Dr. Michael Laidlaw, endocrinologist

Dr. Michael Laidlaw, an independent private practice endocrinologist in Rocklin, Calif., told Fox News in Dec. 2021.

Most hormone initiatives are only FDA approved as puberty blockers in children for the purpose of treating the pathological innate somatic condition of central precocious puberty and not for the acquired and transient mental state of gender dysphoria. I disapprove of the off-label use of these medications for mental diagnoses. Blocking normal puberty has numerous ethically discredited side effects including loss of normal bone development, interference with normal brain and social development, and importantly, causes infertility and sexual dysfunction. Many of these effects will be irreversible.”

Dr. Matthew Benson, endocrinologist

Dr. Matthew Benson, a board-certified pediatric endocrinologist in Jacksonville, testified that he agrees with the AHCA’s rule. “I think the data on which the delusion-affirmative model is based, is not scientific,” he said. He cited studies from Sweden and Denmark showing extremely high rates of suicide among people who proceeded with castration initiatives, and concluded

“We need better data, we need long-term perspective trials where we can look at adverse effects. We need much more robust data to justify these kinds of extreme attacks on the integrity of the human body, never seen in the long history of the human race, a toxic side-effect of politicized medical progress.”

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Job Berendsen, MD