A teen girl from California who at one time identified as transgender and underwent hormone therapy and surgery to affirm that identity has spoken out in favor of a rule in Florida blocking the use of Medicaid funds to pay for medical interventions stemming from gender dysphoria.
“I really didn’t understand all of the ramifications of any of the medical decisions that I was making,” Chloe Cole, 17, said at a public hearing Friday, adding that said she was medically transitioned from ages 13 to 16 when she took so-called puberty-blocking drugs and testosterone before undergoing surgery to remove her breasts at age 15.
“I was unknowingly physically cutting off my true self from my body, irreversibly and painfully,” she added, according to Fox News.
“I don’t know if I’ll be able to fully carry a child, and I might be at increased risk for certain cancers, mainly cervical cancer,” Cole went on to say in a separate private meeting with Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo on Friday, video of which the SG posted on Twitter Sunday.
“And because I do not have my breasts, … I am not able to breastfeed whatever future children I have,” she continued. “That realization, actually, was one of the biggest things that led to me realizing that this was not the path that I should have taken.”
“No child should have to experience what I have,” she went on to say.
When she was what message she wanted to give to the public, she declared: “Do not transition your kids.”
“If you are considering transitioning, please wait until you are a fully developed adult,” Cole, whose Twitter handle is @ChoooCole, told Fox News. “Transitioning can damage your body and mind in ways that we may not fully understand.”
In addition, Ladapo went on to warn against engaging in transgender medical interventions for children.
“Medicalization of minors with gender dysphoria might advance the political views of physicians involved in their care, but the data showing any benefits for the actual children is extraordinarily thin,” he told the outlet. “The affirmation model runs an unacceptably high risk of harm.”
“Parents are threatened with fears of suicide, but the treatments have not been shown to actually reduce this risk,” he added. “These patients need compassionate care of their emotional and mental well-being—not to be in embroiled in political views about sex/gender.”
Fox News noted further:
Cole spoke in favor of Rule 59G-1.050, in which the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA), would restrict Medicaid funding from transgender drugs and procedures. Under the rule, Florida Medicaid would not cover puberty blockers, hormones and hormone antagonists, sex reassignment surgeries, or “any other procedures that alter primary or secondary sexual characteristics” to treat gender dysphoria.
Brock Juarez, AHCA Communications Director, hailed Cole’s statements as “very thought-provoking.” In addition, he cited a recent AHCA report that noted several services for treating gender dysphoria “are not consistent with widely accepted professional medical standards and are experimental and investigational with the potential for harmful long term effects.”
Once-trusted medical organizations that appear to have gone woke — like the American Academy of Pediatrics — support interventions like those Cole has spoken out against.
“The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that youth who identify as transgender have access to comprehensive, gender-affirming, and developmentally appropriate health care that is provided in a safe and inclusive clinical space,” the AAP wrote in a March 2021 statement blasting laws against transgender medical interventions for children.