According to the American Medical Association (AMA), there's "no medically valid reason" why transgenders shouldn't be allowed to fight in the military alongside soldiers who accept their own natural biology. Excluding transgenders on the basis that they don't know their proper gender identity is needlessly discriminatory, the AMA insists, and needs to stop.
"We believe there is no medically valid reason – including a diagnosis of gender dysphoria – to exclude transgender individuals from military service," reads a letter recently sent by AMA CEO James Madara to United States Secretary of Defense James Mattis. "Transgender individuals have served, and continue to serve, our country with honor, and we believe they should be allowed to continue doing so."
Back in February, Mattis issued a public memo explaining that transgenders should not be allowed to support the efforts of the military-industrial complex because of the "substantial risks" they pose to military readiness on the battlefield. Not long after, President Trump signed a separate memo banning most transgender individuals from military service, "except under certain limited circumstances," it added in a caveat.
"Exempting such persons from well-established mental health, physical health, and sex-based standards, which apply to all Service members, including transgender Service members without gender dysphoria, could undermine readiness, disrupt unit cohesion, and impose an unreasonable burden on the military that is not conducive to military effectiveness and lethality," reads Mattis's memo.
However, the AMA vehemently disagrees. The organization has since classified Mattis's memo, and the subsequent Trump memo, as representing "mischaracterized" research on the costs and burdens associated with "transgender medical care." The AMA insists that both Mattis and Trump have rejected the "wide body of peer-reviewed research" that supposedly demonstrates "effectiveness" in support of the "needs" of the transgender community.
The AMA also claims that providing "transgender medical care" to transgenders in the military isn't as costly as its detractors claim it is. The medical group says the financial burden is "negligible," and constitutes little more than a "rounding error in the defense budget." But others disagree, including Retired Army Lieutenant General Jerry Boykin, a former U.S. Army Delta Force commander and executive vice president of the Family Research Council.
"The military has been reduced to stripping parts from museums, which is why it makes no sense to spend more than a billion taxpayer dollars on new body parts for anyone who joins the military and identifies as transgender," he explains, adding that, all in all, as much as $3.7 billion would have to be allotted for transgender "medical care" over a 10-year period, which is hardly a negligible sum.
And truth be told, most of the gender-confused "snowflakes" demanding access to the military don't actually want to face the possibility of being maimed or killed in the horrors of real-life war – something most of them could never in a million years stomach, were they to actually be thrust onto the front lines of battle. They merely want to feel included in a theoretical sense because of their pathological lust for attention and "equality," which of course stems from their deeply-rooted mental illnesses.
And the AMA is capitulating to this politicized crusade for "equal rights" because it apparently has nothing better to do these days than join the ranks of radical groups like Planned Parenthood, which recently decided that offering more transgender "medical services" represents a good use of organization funding.
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