Rand Paul Questions HHS Transgender Nominee’s Stance On Puberty Blockers

Rand Paul Questions HHS Transgender Nominee’s Stance On Puberty Blockers

Rand Paul Questions HHS Transgender Nominee’s Stance On Puberty Blockers

Rand Paul wanted to know what Rachel Levine’s stance on puberty blockers was. Levine, the current director of Pennsylvania’s Department of Health, provided this answer.

““Transgender medicine is a very complex and nuanced field with robust research and standards of care that have been developed,” Levine said, promising to discuss the issue further with Paul if confirmed.”

That’s not an answer. That’s a political word salad tap dance. Watch.

As I said, a political word salad tap dance. 

Here’s the deal, gender issues among our children and how the medical field is mishandling this because politics and feelings instead of credible medical findings is damaging children and families. We are seeing more and more court cases where the wishes of one parent, the wishes of a child, or the wishes of a medical professional over parents is superseding common sense and genuine medical ethics. And no, this isn’t about equality, this should always be about what is best for the child. Yet the medical field isn’t thinking of the child during all of this.

More and more young people are, as they enter into adulthood, are experiencing regret of their choices yet will never be able to medically unring that bell. 

“She was referred to the Tavistock GIDS clinic at the age of 16. She said after three one-hour-long appointments she was prescribed puberty blockers, which delay the development of signs of puberty, like periods or facial hair.

She felt there wasn’t enough investigation or therapy before she reached that stage.
“I should have been challenged on the proposals or the claims that I was making for myself,” she said. “And I think that would have made a big difference as well. If I was just challenged on the things I was saying.””

Keira Bell is experiencing buyers remorse, something that she will have to live with for the rest of her life. Note in the above, therapy wasn’t prescribed, or if it was, it was minimal. 

It is medically proven that children’s brains don’t fully develop until their early to mid-twenties. Yet we are supposed to take a child at his or her word that they want to change genders and just throw puberty blockers at them?? 

“What are puberty blockers?
They are drugs which can pause the development of things like breasts, periods, facial hair and voice breaking
They can be prescribed to children with gender dysphoria who feel their sex at birth doesn’t match up with their gender.
This is meant to give them more time to weigh up their options before they go through the physical changes of puberty.
Although puberty blockers are described by the NHS as reversible, GIDS acknowledges that their impact on brain development and psychological health is not fully known.”

Note that last. A major medical center in England that promotes and prescribes puberty blockers ADMITS that they have no idea of the long-term impact on brain development and the child’s future psychological health. 

That is exactly along with lines of why Senator Rand Paul was questioning Rachel Levine. The science on puberty blockers isn’t proven. As he points out, there are zero credible studies out there! 

But all Levine can come up with in response is “it’s complex.” In other words, Levine, who is an advocate for puberty blockers and future surgeries for transgenders completely refuses to go on record as to the medical veracity of said blockers. Yet, according to a CNN report, Levine says that puberty blockers are life-savers and lessen the possibility of suicide among children identifying as transgender.

The problem with Levine’s assertion? It’s based off of a POLL couched as a study. It is NOT based upon any medical science whatsoever. 

Yes, Levine is an advocate for this dangerous medical quackery. It is a quackery that will have long-lasting harmful effects upon those whom puberty blockers have been utilized. 

Rand Paul was correct in calling HHS nominee Rachel Levine on the carpet. Puberty blockers and surgery are permanent solutions.

“Doctors need not be religious to have objections to transgender “treatments.” Endocrinologists like Dr. Michael Laidlaw have argued that cross-sex hormones and “puberty blockers” actually cause a disease, hypogonadatropic hypogonadism. There is no evidence that transgender surgery improves the mental health outcomes of gender dysphoric people. Men and women who formerly identified as transgender and underwent surgery have grown to reject transgender identity and lament the damage they did to their own bodies.

Yet Levine and the transgender community would have us all believe that a child as young as three knows their own mind?? I don’t think so. 


Gender dysphoria is a mental health issue. Yet we see report after report that shows only the involvement of medical doctors with diagnosis of drugs and future surgeries that mutilate the child’s body permanently. Therapy? Nowhere to be found.  

Levine refused to answer Rand Paul’s very serious questions on this. Levine refused to answer as to whether a child is truly capable of making such momentous decisions that will affect them for the rest of their lives. That should be a very big red flag. 

Levine is the wrong person for the HHS job in DC. Period. 

Welcome Instapundit Readers!

Feature Photo credit: Rachel Levine at Pennsylvania press conference August 2020 via Flickr, cropped and modified

Written by

  • NTSOG says:

    “… children’s brains don’t fully develop until their early to mid-twenties.”

    To be specific the parts of the human brain that mediate higher order social-moral functioning start to develop in very late teens and continue to develop through the twenties which is why so many apparently intelligent young adults do stupid things without any consideration of consequence. It’s been known for many decades that the actual brain pathways start to be laid down towards the end of teen years, but the brain still needs to develop more and be programmed by actual experience for individuals to achieve a degree of social-moral maturity and self-control.

  • John A Wilson says:

    I heard the exchange on the radio this morning on the Bernie and Sid show, and all that I could think was, Man, that’s a dude.

    • SFC D says:

      Any male that’s ever been on Lupron during prostate cancer treatments can testify that shit is evil, side effects were worse than the radiation (which was almost zero). Terrible memory loss, I thought I was in the early stages of Alzheimer’s. And they’re gonna give that to prepubescent kids as a puberty blocker. It’s child abuse, nothing less.

  • Well, this garbage is the logical extension of what has been allowed to go on for decades now – allowing “doctors” of psychiatry to prescribe medication with absolutely no idea of their patient.

    My three are, thankfully, long grown – but the eldest, in junior high, had a half hour session with a psychiatrist in trying to determine what we could do to help her get through her classes. Half an hour – and what the quack came out with was “We’ll do Ritalin.” We said “Hell, no!”

    One very annoyed quack, who looked like she was going to call CPS down on us – until I very quietly mentioned to her that I knew of MANY places around town where bodies would never be found.

    • Cameron says:

      When I was a youngster, I was diagnosed with “hyperactivity” which was the trendy term back then. The doctor said “We can put him on Ritalin-”
      My mom “You are not drugging my kid.”
      “Well, what’s your solution then?”
      Turns out that it was putting me on a swim team and making me work out an hour a day. Problem got solved pretty well.

    • NTSOG says:

      Any of the popular drugs used in ‘managing’ children are useless without a supporting management program designed to support behavioural changes in children. Otherwise it would be better to give the drugs to the parents or teachers. As I and my professional colleagues used to ask parents ‘Is proposed medication to help the child or make life easier for parents?’ Sometimes a dose of mediation can ‘open’ the door for an effective behavioural intervention by reducing the intensity of the child’s responding, but long term, drugs alone are not sufficient.

      • Cameron says:

        I was fortunate in that the activity level helped a lot and I had two supportive parents. But a lot of kids weren’t as lucky.

  • […] Strike Under Biden Transterrestrial Musings: A Space Shanty, also, Propellant Depots Victory Girls: Rand Paul Questions Transgender HHS Nominee’s Stance On Puberty Blockers Volokh Conspiracy: After A Year Of Pandemic, State Legislatures Move To Strip Governors Of […]

  • Tyro says:

    FYI – the UK court that had heard Kiera Bell’s case has imposed a judicial review requirement on any future medical transitioning of children 16 and under. The medical standards and consent requirements they’ve defined have been interpreted as an effective ban on these treatments, as the current clinical model cannot provide the research or case evidence to satisfy them. It’s also likely that this ruling will affect the willingness of UK clinics to treat minors over 16. Because the court basically rejected the claim that informed consent can be rendered by a minor for an experimental treatment with such significant and extensive long term effects.

    This development has been ignored by almost all US press, despite the prominence of this issue. The UK ruling is also consistent with trends in the EU where medical ethics bodies have (re)engaged the same question, realizing that earlier representations by activist clinicians were deceptive. Germany and Sweden are expected to revise their policies soon, as may Holland. And if Germany changes its position, the EU Commission could respond by issuing a ruling to confirm the revision across the member states. Again, none of this has been disclosed by the US press, who continue to promote an activist narrative.

    • Nina Bookout says:

      Tyro, thank you very much for this information! It’s also no surprise that the US media won’t pick it up. It doesn’t fit their dangerously harmful narrative.

  • Lloyd says:

    That this exchange between a Senator and a freak nominee even took place is indicative of how sick our society has become. The medical scientific community has turned America into one big side show !!

  • LoL No says:

    I don’t care what IT wants to do to ITself, I refuse to take advice from THINGS like that.

  • This Christmas, every kid will be asking Santa for Hasbro’s new “Dr. Potato Head”…


  • Anonymous says:

    That’s Rudi Giuliani in drag, isn’t it?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Become a Victory Girl!

Are you interested in writing for Victory Girls? If you’d like to blog about politics and current events from a conservative POV, send us a writing sample here.
Ava Gardner