Gender Affirming Care For Minors Endorsed By Several Professional Organizations
As many state legislatures across the U.S. introduce or have in process bills that could directly impact the physician-patient relationship and how treatments are administered, several professional organizations issued position statements.
In its statement, the North American Society of Adolescent and Pediatric Gynecology stated that it has nearly 470 members consisting of physicians, advanced practice providers, nurses, and professional health care trainees. “Our mission is to provide multidisciplinary leadership in education, research and gynecologic care to improve the reproductive health of all youth, inclusive of children and adolescents who are gender diverse.
We advocate for the provision of unrestricted, unbiased and evidence-based practice of pediatric and adolescent gynecology. We stand with national medical organizations supporting comprehensive care of adolescents and the confidential relationship between patients and their physicians.1 We support the positions that `physicians must be able to practice medicine that is informed by their years of medical education, training, experience, and the available evidence, freely and without threat of punishment. Patients, their families and caretakers in partnership with their physicians, not policymakers, should be the ones to make decisions about what care is best for them.’”1
The other organizations included the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists; the American Academy of Family Physicians; the American Academy of Pediatrics; the American Psychiatric Association; and the American Osteopathic Association.
- Frontline physicians oppose legislation that interferes in or penalizes patient care. American Academy of Pediatrics. April 2, 2021. Accessed April 26, 2021.https://services.aap.org/en/news-room/news-releases/aap/2021/frontline-physicians-oppose-legislation-that-interferes-in-or-penalizes-patient-care/