The Justice Department stepped in to protect Biden’s appointee, Deputy Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine, from a discovery in Alabama litigation over a ban on sex reassignment procedures for transgender women. minors.
Alabama Attorney General – Steve Marshall – is defending a lawsuit against an Alabama law that makes it a felony, punishable by up to 10 years in prison, to prescribe puberty inhibitors or of hormones to transgender children for sex reassignment.
The Justice Department has asked to be a party to a lawsuit against Alabama’s law blocking sex changes for minors, which has some federal agencies considered experts on the subject, subject to discovery. Discovery is a procedure during litigation in which the parties present and request evidence before trial.
Marshall then requested Levine’s records, believing she was one of the leading voices in the federal government — and, pertinently, in the Department of Health and Human Services — advocating for sex reassignment in children with gender dysphoria.
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“It is no exaggeration to say that Admiral Levine is the primary United States government official in contact with the public regarding treatment transition for minors,” the AG said in a filing. judicial. He then mentions how Levine “consistently approves puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones” for minors, lectures doctors discussing treatments, and oversees the division of HHS that issued the federal guidelines approving sex reassignments for minors. .
“So if there was a list of potential guardians at HHS regarding treatment transition for minors, Levine would be at the top. Levine obviously has communications and documents relevant to this litigation. Yet when the defendants requested that Levine be appointed guardian, the United States declined,” the AG said.
The DOJ then attempted to block the request and instead offered Levine’s former subordinate for discovery and also offered a FOIA response with unrelated search terms, the filing continues.
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“The United States protested that Admiral Levine, as Assistant Secretary of Health, ‘does not conduct studies related to gender-affirming care herself and is not employed at HHS as a researcher,'” the filing reads.
“Then, even more bizarrely, the United States said that instead of making Levine a custodian, it would send defendants a copy of their responses to an unrelated third-party FOIA request soliciting different information using different terms. research over a different time period related to Levine’s office.”
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Fox News Digital reported that Levine praised a gender clinic – Identity Alaska – which not only advocates biological revisionism of sex, including calling mothers “egg producers” – but also offers hormones to minors.
The DOJ claimed that the law “denies necessary medical care to children solely based on their identity” and therefore discriminates against trans-identified youth.
The DOJ was contacted for comment and did not immediately respond.
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Fox News’ Stephen Sorace contributed to this report.