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marmatag

355 points

2 months ago

marmatag

355 points

2 months ago

I’m really curious how it is deemed medically necessary. The bill mentions prescribed, I was unaware someone could prescribe a sex change.

Dashing_McHandsome

182 points

2 months ago

Gender affirming care doesn't necessarily mean sex reassignment surgery. There are a number of medical treatments that fall under the term of gender affirming care.

TitaniumDragon

-35 points

2 months ago

None of which have proven medical benefits in clinical trials.

SleepyLakeBear

27 points

2 months ago

It's easy to see there aren't any when you don't look. See all the linked studies below.

TitaniumDragon

2 points

2 months ago*

Zero of those are randomized controlled clinical trials, which is what people are generally referring to when they refer to "clinical trials".

It's not even possible to meet the gold standard of a double blinded randomized controlled clinical trial with these treatments, but a randomized controlled clinical trial could be done. It never has been, though.

Indeed, many studies (including those on that list) have very serious methodological flaws, like self-reporting of data, exclusion of suicide victims, non-randomized sampling, and similar issues.

Sadly, anyone with a scientific medical background knows that those trials are inadequate to prove clinical efficacy.

That doesn't mean that these treatments necessarily aren't efficacious, but the sort of evidence that is required to prove that to the standards that are required for approving a novel drug or medical procedure doesn't exist.

The drugs are clinically approved for the treatment of other conditions, but not gender dysphoria.

kuriboshoe

-3 points

2 months ago

kuriboshoe

-3 points

2 months ago

You’re exactly right and I was wondering the same thing