Dr. Rachel Levine, who is the Pennsylvania secretary of health, a transgender woman, and President Joe Biden’s pick for assistant secretary of health, if confirmed by the Senate, faced a line of questioning from senators on Thursday during her confirmation hearing.
“Do you believe minors are capable of making such a life-changing decision of changing one’s sex?”, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) asked Levine.
In response, Dr. Rachel Levine thanked Paul for his “interest” in the question of transgender medicine, calling it “a very complex and nuanced field with robust research and standards of care that have been developed. If I’m fortunate enough to be confirmed, I will look forward to working with you and your office and coming to your office to discuss the particulars of the standards of care for transgender medicine,” Levine said.
Sen. Paul stated that Dr. Levine has supported minors taking hormone-blocking medication, even if their parents have expressed concerns about the transition.
“For most of our history, we have believed that minors don’t have full rights and that parents need to be involved. We should be outraged that someone’s talking to a three-year-old about changing their sex,” said Sen. Paul.
See the clip below for the exchange between Paul and Levine.