During a markup of health legislation by the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Wednesday, Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas, reportedly lashed out at his Democratic counterparts, saying that there are more hazards involved with puberty blockers and hormone therapy for minors than Democrats want to discuss.
“There’s a ton of risk when you give a 12-year-old puberty blockers — 98% of which, by the way, move on to hormone therapy because those puberty blockers are like a gateway. And then on to surgical interventions. You’re telling me there’s no risk there? There’s a ton of risk. That doesn’t even need to be debated,” Crenshaw stated.
“If you’re gonna do something that carries with it a lot of risk, you might really wanna be sure about the benefits. I keep hearing that this will prevent suicides. [There’s] zero evidence for that. There’s not one systematic review that says that. These facts matter quite a bit. It also matters quite a bit when you think about the fact that 70% of U.S. teens who present to gender clinics already have co-morbid psychiatric diagnoses that proceed the onset of gender issues. Fact really matters when we’re trying to ascertain what is causing what.” he continued.
Members of the committee were debating whether to stop funding certain hospitals from doing procedures on transgender youngsters or giving them cross-sex hormones or puberty blockers when Crenshaw made his remarks.
The bill is referred to as H.R. 3887.