AMA condemns DOD’s new transgender policy
- By Sherkiya Wedgeworth
- Apr 16, 2019
The Department of Defense’s new transgender policy has been in place just for a few days, and the American Medical Association is taking issue with some of the fine print.
As of April 12, the DOD implemented a new policy that would require most individuals to serve in their birth gender, allowing those currently serving to continue their transition plans only if they have been diagnosed with gender dysphoria.
AMA President Barbara McAneny released a statement raising concerns about the chosen language of the policy.
“[T]he AMA is troubled that the DOD characterizes the need to undergo gender transition as a ‘deficiency,’” McAneny said, adding, “The DOD regulation also instructs service secretaries to add gender-dysphoria to service-specific lists of ‘administratively disqualifying conditions’ that DOD regulations label ‘congenital or developmental defects.’ The only thing deficient is any medical science behind this decision.”
The medical association stands firm that there is no medically reason—including a diagnosis of gender dysphoria—to exclude transgender individuals from serving in the military.
President Trump approved the policy in March, giving military services 30 days for implementation.
Late last year, the Office of Personnel Management removed guidance that gave specific protections for transgender federal employees.
Opposition has said the new rules falls short of an all-out transgender ban and will likely force the military to eventually discharge transgender individuals who need hormone treatments or surgery and can't or do not want to serve in their birth gender.
Trump announced the rule change via Twitter in 2017 (sic):
“After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow...Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military. Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming...victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail.”