Biden Surgeon General Pressed On Govt-Funded Transgender Study Where Two Participants Committed Suicide

During Thursday’s Senate Support Committee hearing, North Carolina Republican Senator Ted Budd accused U.S. Surgeon General Vivec Murthy of transgender health research that led to two suicides.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded a study on the effects of two years of heterosexual hormone administration on the mental health of adolescents. Depression and anxiety decreased slightly over the course of the study, and the study was touted as strong evidence to support gender reassignment in minors. However, two participants committed suicide during the study, and 11 had suicidal thoughts. (Related: Democrats bring giant poster of ‘The One and Only Drag Queen’ to House floor)

Budd, along with Senators Marco Rubio and Rand Paul, sent a letter We asked the NIH why taxpayers were used to fund research that led to patient suicide.

“It is disgusting that the federal government is using our tax dollars to prey on young people and promote radical gender ideologies. “We are committed to holding accountability for the tragic loss of life,” another co-signatory, Oklahoma Republican Rep. Josh Brechen, said in a statement. statement.

“The researchers concluded that the study was successful,” Budd said at the hearing. “But they also admitted that they had not been able to prove that heterohormones improve psychosocial functioning in minors. Clearly, this really seemed like a waste of tax money. Worse than that.” In addition, it has led to two young people committing suicide.”

“Therefore, Dr. Mercy, considering that I understand that you have been supporting the administration of sex hormones to children in the past, I would like to ask for more tax money on research into transgender procedures for minors. Could you please explain if you think investing in will actually help children with the mental issues we have?” Shall we discuss today? ”

In his response, Murthy said that although he was not directly involved in the research, it was important to study strategies to “improve the mental health and well-being of transgender youth.” .

“The data clearly show that, as alarming as rates of anxiety, depression and suicide are, they are actually disproportionately high among LGBTQ youth, especially transgender youth. , because it is a study that seeks to understand what interventions are effective in coping.” I think these psychosocial concerns are important because we are a community in distress. ”

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