USA TODAY announced its “Women of the Year,” and one of their choices was the Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services, Rachel Levine, a biological man.
USA TODAY boasted:
Every day across our country, USA TODAY’s Women of the Year lead and inspire, promote and fight for equity, give others a place to seek help and find hope.
They are strong and resilient women who have been champions of change and courage, often quietly, but with powerful results. And often despite their own challenges.
Some of the women may be familiar names. Others may be new to you. Each has an inspiring and powerful story.
Of Levine, USA TODAY noted, “Levine, 64, a trained pediatrician, became the nation’s highest-ranking openly transgender official last March when the Senate confirmed her as assistant secretary of health.”
Levine told USA TODAY, “I really feel that everything I’ve ever done, whether it was in academic medicine, in education, in clinical research, seeing my patients in my role in public health, in Pennsylvania and now my role nationally…has all led to this moment in terms of helping the nation through this greatest public health crisis that we have faced in over a hundred years.”
“Beyond the pandemic, Levine said she is concerned about the challenges women and girls face related to body image,” USA TODAY wrote.
Levine told the outlet, “We need to be welcoming and celebratory for women of all aspects, of all sizes and shapes. And we have to work towards that compassion for all women and not put such an emphasis on thinness and appearance. I think that we need to work as a culture in the United States, but also globally, to be more compassionate and more accepting of girls and women, no matter what their size and shape,” adding, “Women are absolutely critical in terms of promoting healthy behaviors for themselves and their families and our communities…I think women are often the creators of change. In terms of the changes that we see in our society and our culture, I think that women are those change-makers.”
In October 2021, Twitter locked the account of Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN) after he called Rachel Levine a “man.”
The Daily Wire reported:
Banks’ Twitter account was locked sometime after he referred to Levine as a “man” in an October 18 tweet. “Twitter has censored @RepJimBanks for calling HHS’ Rachel Levine a man. He will be locked out of his account until he deletes the tweet, ‘The title of first female four-star officer gets taken by a man,’” Daily Signal reporter Mary Margaret Olohan tweeted on Saturday.
NEW: Twitter has censored @RepJimBanks for calling HHS' Rachel Levine a man. He will be locked out of his account until he deletes the tweet, "The title of first female four-star officer gets taken by a man." pic.twitter.com/6wdDqJ36kH
— Mary Margaret Olohan (@MaryMargOlohan) October 23, 2021
“The tweet in question appeared to have been removed from Banks’ account by Sunday afternoon,” The Daily Wire noted.
At Levine’s confirmation hearing in February 2021, Levine dodged questions from Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) regarding Levine’s support for giving children puberty blockers and sex-change surgeries.
“Genital mutilation has been nearly universally condemned,” Paul stated. “According to the WHO, genital mutilation is recognized internationally as a violation of human rights. Genital mutilation is considered particularly egregious because, as the WHO notes, it is nearly always carried out on minors and is a violation of the rights of children.”
“Dr. Levine, you have supported both allowing minors to be given hormone blockers to prevent them from going through puberty, as well as surgical destruction of a minor’s genitalia,” Paul continued.
“Well, senator, thank you for your interest in this question,” Levine said. “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.”
Paul replied, “Let’s be a little more specific since you evaded the question. Do you support the government intervening to override the parents’ consent to give a child puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, and/or amputation surgery of breasts and genitalia?”
Levine again refused to answer Paul’s question.
.@RandPaul: "Do you support the government intervening to override the parents' consent to give a child puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, and/or amputation surgery of breasts and genitalia…?@SecretaryLevine: "Transgender medicine is a very complex and nuanced field." pic.twitter.com/ylKokhTMwo
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) February 25, 2021
Sen. @RandPaul: "You're willing to let a minor take things to prevent their puberty, and you think they get back?! …
None of these drugs have been approved for this. They're all being used off-label… There's no long-term studies. We don't know what happens to them!" pic.twitter.com/jI9zQlmNN4
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) February 25, 2021
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