President Joe Biden was criticized by Florida’s Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis for saying this week that it was “almost sinful” for states to prevent minors from receiving medical care that might have terrible, long-lasting repercussions on children.
Biden made the comments while discussing how Republican-led states, particularly Florida, are attempting to shield kids from the so-called “gender-affirming treatment” in an interview with Dem. Kal Penn on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show.”
DeSantis asserted that “it is not “sinful” to forbid the mutilation of children. It is unacceptable for the federal government to require that kids be allowed to undergo procedures like sex change surgeries.”
Although Biden acknowledged that the subject of “gender-affirming care” is “harder” when children are involved, he insisted that legislation should forbid state intervention.
He remarked, “Transgender kids is actually a harder issue. What’s happening in Florida is almost immoral, as my mother would say.”
“What they’re doing is awful. It’s not as if a young child wakes up one day and declares, You know, I think I would like to be a man, I would like to be a woman, or I would like to change,” said Biden. “What are they contemplating over here? They are all people. They absolutely have love. They are emotional. They have tendencies in that direction. … It just seems harsh to me, I’m not sure what else to call it.”
The president continued by advocating legislation, saying that the federal govt. should “focus on making sure we enact laws as we did with same-sex marriage” in order to prevent states from taking action on the matter. “If you tamper with that, you’re breaking the law and will be held responsible.”
Regarding “what’s occurring on in Florida” — the initiatives Biden was criticizing – state medical boards decided to outlaw cross-sex hormones, puberty blockers, and transgender procedures for children in November. In addition, the Florida Senate introduced legislation in February that would hold corporations liable for the costs of detransitioning if they had initially funded the medical expenditures associated with the transition.