Last week, Dr. Rachel Levine was grilled by the Senate in preparation for him to be confirmed by the Democrats as the new Assistant Health Secretary.
During the hearing, Senator Rand Paul (one of the only good ones we've got) asked Levine a simple question that should have been met with a simple answer.
Sen. Paul asked Dr. Levine, "Do you believe that minors are capable of making such a life-changing decision as changing one’s sex?"
Dr. Levine completely avoided answering the question:
"Well, Senator thank you for your interest in this question. Transgender medicine is a very complex and nuanced field with robust research and standards of care that have been developed. And if I am fortunate enough to be confirmed as the Assistant Secretary of Health, I will look forward to working with you and your office and coming to your office and discussing the particulars of the standards of care for transgender medicine."
Sen. Paul gave him another opportunity to answer the question when he said,
"What I’m alarmed at is that you’re not willing to say absolutely minors shouldn’t be making decisions to amputate their breast or to amputate their genitalia. For most of our history, we have believed that minors don’t have full rights and that parents need to be involved, so I’m alarmed that you won’t say with certainty that minors should not have the ability to make the decision to take hormones that will affect them for the rest of their life. Will you make a more firm decision on whether or not minors should be involved in these decisions?"
Of course, Levine gave another non-answer:
"Senator, transgender medicine is a very complex and nuanced field. And if confirmed to the position of Assistant Secretary of Health, I would certainly be pleased to come to your office and talk with you and your staff about the standards of care and the complexity of this field."
I mean that's what that is right? That is completely avoiding the question.
Rand Paul unloaded on him,
“Let it go into the record that the witness refuses to answer a question. The question is a very specific one. Should minors be making these decisions?…these you’re willing to let a minor take things to prevent their puberty, and you think they get back?… You have permanently changed them… There’s no long term studies. We don’t know what happens to them. We should be outraged that somebody is talking to a 3-year-old about changing their sex.”
"We should be outraged that someone is talking to a three-year-old about changing their sex!"
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) February 25, 2021
You can watch the fuller interaction below: