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HHS defines gender-affirming care for young people... who cares?

In March 2022, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued an official document entitled "Gender-Affirming Care and Young People." The document states that "For transgender and nonbinary children and adolescents, early gender-affirming care is crucial to overall health and well-being" and describes puberty blockers as reversible.

This document would be extremely significant for the media not only for the information it contains, but also in light of the proposed rule announced by the HHS mandating the provision of hormonal and surgical interventions.

The document is not uncontroversial and the Society for Evidence-Based Gender Medicine (SEGM) has published a fact-check stating it includes a number of inaccuracies.

About the reversibility of puberty blockers SEGM reports, for example, that studies indicate they may harm bone development and may permanently alter the brain. They also underline that the HHS’s counterpart in the UK, the NHS, recently updated its guidance, removing statements about the reversibility of puberty blockers. Instead, the NHS now says: “Little is known about the long-term side effects of hormone or puberty blockers in children with gender dysphoria.” SEGM also points out that the document omits any discussion of risks.

Whatever your position of the topic might be, the HHS's document is important and one would imagine the media would be all over it. So we searched for mentions of it on any media outlet we cover. Click on Show data to see what we found.

Sources include ABC News, CBS News, CNN, HuffPost, Los Angeles Times, NBC News, New York Times, Politico, VOX, Washington Post, The Hill, USA Today, Breitbart News Network, Fox News, New York Post, Washington Examiner

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