While he said they had engaged in a “very respectful dialogue and good exchange,” Dr. Levin challenged whether she would prefer hormone blockers or sex reassignment surgery for minors – topics that Senator Paul raised during Dr. Levin’s confirmation session.
“Are you willing to allow the minor to take the things that prevent his attainment, and you think he has recovered that?” Senator Paul, an ophthalmologist, said angrily at one point. “You give a woman enough testosterone to grow a beard – do you think she will return to look like a woman when she stops testosterone?”
Dr. Levine replied, “Transgender medicine is a very complex and delicate field with strong research and standards of care.”
The critics have seized a Speech 2017 Levine describes hormone therapy as a standard of care for young transgender people, and also on Twitter she posted in January 2020 about a study showing that transgender youth with access to puberty-blocking drugs are at a lower risk of suicide.
After the hearing, Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, Majority Leader, denounced Republicans for their “attacks on transgender people,” which he described as “mean, mean and display a complete lack of understanding, a complete lack of sympathy.” In a statement Wednesday, Senator Bob Casey, a Democrat, said On the state of Pennsylvania, “The interrogation of Senator Paul has been a transgender hateful and a source of pain for many Americans, especially young transgender people.”
But Mr. Severino and his conservative colleagues say Dr. Levin is elusive. The Conservative Action Project, a coalition of conservative leaders, was released Public speech On Tuesday, the Senate called to reject Dr. Levin’s nomination. She complains that she has not answered Mr. Paul’s questions and questions about how she is handling the coronavirus pandemic, including Pennsylvania’s decision to designate abortion as a primary health care service.
Mr. Becera’s opposition focused on abortion and birth control. Republicans seized a lawsuit against the Trump administration to prevent it from expanding religious exemptions to employers who do not want contraceptive coverage to be provided through their insurance plans. Young Sisters of the Poor, a Catholic organization, later joined the suit.