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Rep. Lauren Boebert: Is Becerra the grooming secretary?

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The political left has been talking a lot about gender reassignment surgeries for children, calling it “gender-affirming care.” I call it child abuse.

In a recent document released by Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra, his Office of Population Affairs stated, “Gender-affirming care encompasses many facets of healthcare needs and support, [and] it has been shown to increase positive outcomes for transgender and nonbinary children and adolescents.”

Let’s break this down. First, this document is talking about young children — not adults, not just teenagers — but specifically children. Second, the demand of this document is clear: The only “safe” environment is a “gender-affirming” one, which sounds harmless until you learn that means puberty blockers, then cross-sex hormones, and finally mutilation surgeries, including the removal of the breasts of young girls and cutting off the genitalia of young boys.

Most commonsense parents in America can look at this and roll their eyes, knowing a woke administration is pandering to the LGBTQQIP2SAA (yes, that’s a real thing) base of the Democratic Party to actively engage in these very real abuses of children.

A California law passed in 2018 allows children as young as 12 years old to receive taxpayer-funded transgender treatments and services without parental consent.

In a recent House Budget Committee hearing, I asked Secretary Becerra if American tax dollars are funding gender reassignment surgeries on children. He responded, “Americans are entitled to receive health care services. If they are entitled to receive any of the services that you just mentioned, then it would be against the law for us to try and deny them that care.”

In D.C., that is politispeak for yes.

Becerra’s HHS issued another document from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network that threatens parents with the removal of their children if they do not consent to the irreversible mutilation of their children’s bodies. The document, titled, “Gender-Affirming Care Is Trauma-Informed Care,” states, “The decision for the child welfare system to become involved, in the lives of families, potentially to the extent of removing from their families or homes, should be wielded with the utmost care.”

Allow me to translate: Support the mutilation of your child’s body, or we may remove them from your custody. Don’t worry, this is all on a case-by-case basis.

This is not a threat, it’s a warning, and in fact, it’s already happening.

In Hamilton County, Ohio, a teenager was removed from the custody of her parents after they refused to allow their daughter to undergo hormone treatments.

In Los Angles, a 15-year-old girl was removed from her home and placed in foster care after her mother refused to allow testosterone shots. Tragically, the teenager then committed suicide by stepping in front of a moving train.

The truth is this is far worse than politispeak and pandering to the base. This is a concerted effort across the federal government to groom children into woke ideology. The American people deserve to know on what authority the federal government is using their tax dollars to sexualize childhood and ultimately mutilate children. And, exactly how much of our money is going to this abusive behavior? Parents need to be aware of what the Democratic Party is up to.

The border crisis, the energy crisis, and the logistics crisis have all been hallmarks of the Biden regime’s reign. Now we have a new crisis advanced by Biden’s groomer in chief: the sexualization and mutilation of our children. And we cannot afford to lose this one.

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