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Louisiana Rep. Johnson says drugs used to transition minors likely violate medical malpractice laws

"The FDA has not approved the off label use of any of these drugs," Rep. Johnson said.

Published: July 27, 2023 6:38pm

Louisiana GOP Rep. Mike Johnson said Thursday that the drugs that are often used to transition children from one gender to the other may very likely violate medical malpractice laws. 

"There's a financial interest from some of these big pharmaceutical companies and these providers to push these drugs – experimental as they are and as dangerous as they are – on kids," Johnson said on the "John Solomon Reports" podcast.

"By the way, the FDA has not approved the off label use of any of these drugs," he continued. "It's a very dangerous thing. And in some of the states, it very likely violates medical malpractice laws and standards."

The House Judiciary Subcommittee on Constitution and Limited Government held a hearing Thursday on gender affirming care for minors where advocates for and against it testified. 

"One of our witnesses today is de-transitioning," Johnson said. "Today was her 19th birthday – Chloe Cole. She tearfully shared her story about how she was forced and coerced into this and really had no idea what she was doing at the time."

Cole testified before the subcommittee, pleading with Congress to take a stand against children transitioning, calling it a medical scandal. 

"What message do I want to bring to American teenagers and their families?" Cole said during her opening statement. "I didn't need to be lied to. I needed compassion. I needed to be loved. I need to be getting therapy to help me work through my issues. Not affirmed to my delusion that by transforming into a boy, it would solve all my problems."

Johnson said that the medical associations seem to be minimizing the risks of drugs used to transition children. 

"You have left wing activists in all of these professions," he said. They're running the AMA [American Medical Association], and all of these medical associations. They're certainly minimizing and in some cases, just ignoring the risk of these procedures, because they're advancing a radical social experiment."

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