With a vote on the nomination of Dr. Rachel Levine likely taking place this week, conservatives are urging senators to consider how out of step the nominee is with the rest of the world.
Jon Schweppe, director of policy and government affairs at American Principles Project, is among the many who are opposed to President Biden's nominee for assistant secretary of health at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Rachel Levine, born Richard Levine.
"Levine has advocated publicly for puberty blockers for children as young as eight and cross-sex hormones for children as young as 14," says Schweppe. "This is not only morally wrong and extremely dangerous for these children, but it's also out of step with the rest of the world."
One News Now recently reported that Dr. Levine refused to respond when Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) asked about whether Dr. Levine supports and would even promote young children having the right to be able to take hormone-blocking medications, opposite sex hormones, and even go through surgery that is life-changing.
"The Health Service in Great Britain banned puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones for children under the age of 16 for the purpose of 'changing their sex,'" Schweppe continues. "This person is obviously very radical, very extreme, and in their position as assistant secretary of health, they'll have authority over adolescent health."
While it appears that Levine will be confirmed, the policy director recognizes that "Republicans seem to understand just how extreme Levine is."
"We see this as a referendum on sex changes for kids," he says. "These Democrats who vote for Levine will pay a political price for that down the road."
Dozens of conservatives have signed a memo or letter asking senators to reject the nomination. Signers include Tony Perkins, president of Family Research Council, Sandy Rios, director of governmental affairs at American Family Association, Justin Danhof of the National Center for Public Policy Research, and Penny Nance of Concerned Women for America.
Fifty-one Senate votes are needed to confirm the nomination.