Does Mike Pence support a federal ban on gender-affirming care for children? ‘You bet,’ he said

Republican presidential candidate Mike Pence said in Iowa on Wednesday that he would support a nationwide ban on gender-affirming care for transgender minors.

“If there was a decision in Congress to protect children from this radical gender ideology and to ban chemical or surgical bridging treatments for children under 18, you bet I would support it,” Pence said. in the Des Moines Register.

Although attempts at federal legislation have been limited, 19 Republican-led states, including Iowa, have passed laws prohibiting transgender people under the age of 18 from accessing transition-related medical care, such as hormone blockers, cross-sex hormones, or gender-affirming surgeries. .

The American Medical Association, American Psychological Association, and American Academy of Pediatrics all recommend providing gender-affirming medical care for transgender children. Health professionals in Iowa have told state lawmakers that these treatments can save the lives of transgender children.

In an interview after his Ankeny campaign kicked off, Pence said he would be a nationwide ban on minors, but said adults “have every right to live the way they want to live.”

Former Vice President Mike Pence speaks during a campaign announcement rally at the FFA Enrichment Center on the DMACC campus Wednesday, June 7, 2023 in Ankeny.

Former Vice President Mike Pence speaks during a campaign announcement rally at the FFA Enrichment Center on the DMACC campus Wednesday, June 7, 2023 in Ankeny.

“But the fact that you have a radical gender ideology that has grown even here in Iowa in public schools, I think, has been very detrimental to our kids,” he said.

Pence has previously criticized a Linn-Mar School District policy that allowed transgender students in grade seven or above to request accommodations, such as the use of different pronouns, without requiring parental consent.

Republicans in several red states have stepped up their focus on LGBTQ issues, exploring banning drag shows, banning discussion of gender identity or sexual orientation in schools, and legislating bathroom access. for transgender people.

So far, the battle has been fought mostly in state legislatures, with few attempts at national legislation.

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The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest gay rights organization, declared a “state of emergency” on Tuesday over anti-LGBTQ laws passed in the United States.

“The mounting threats faced by millions of people in our community are not just perceived, they are real, tangible and dangerous,” said HRC President Kelley Robinson. “In many cases, they lead to violence against LGBTQ+ people, forcing families to uproot their lives and flee their homes in search of safer states.”

Mike Pence on COVID-19: “Inadmissible” to impose vaccines

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has slammed former President Donald Trump, saying he gave too much authority to Dr. Anthony Fauci, the former director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Pence, who led Trump’s coronavirus task force, told the Des Moines Register that he “will always be proud of what the American people have accomplished during the worst pandemic in 100 years.”

“I have marveled at the heroic efforts of healthcare workers, lab scientists developing drugs and vaccines, and corporations that have truly stepped up and empowered our hospitals, healthcare workers and the American people to have the resources they needed to meet the moment,” Pence said.

But he criticized Democratic governors who closed schools “against our advice” and President Joe Biden for requiring military personnel and federal employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Most of the warrants expired last month when the national public health emergency ended.

“The decision to get vaccinated should be up to each individual and each family,” Pence said. “The requirement for vaccines would never have happened under our administration.”

Mike Pence says he prays for Trump: ‘My faith compels me to forgive’

As he launched his campaign on Wednesday, Pence spoke about his actions on Jan. 6 — and his refusal to use his ceremonial role presiding over the electoral count to undo Joe Biden’s 2020 presidential victory.

Former Vice President Mike Pence stands as former second lady Karen Pence speaks during a campaign announcement rally at the FFA Enrichment Center on the DMACC campus on Wednesday, June 7 2023 in Ankeny.

Former Vice President Mike Pence stands as former second lady Karen Pence speaks during a campaign announcement rally at the FFA Enrichment Center on the DMACC campus on Wednesday, June 7 2023 in Ankeny.

Pence said Wednesday that he prayed that Trump “sees that he was misled about my role” that day.

“The president continues to believe that I had authority that I did not have under the Constitution,” Pence told the Register. “And I will always believe, by the grace of God, that we did our duty that day.”

Trump criticized Pence for not acting, and when rioters stormed the Capitol on January 6, looking for Pence, Trump did not call them back for hours.

Pence said at his campaign rally on Wednesday that Trump’s actions should disqualify him from being president again.

“I believe that anyone who places themselves above the Constitution should never be President of the United States,” he said. “And anyone asking someone else to put them above the Constitution should never be President of the United States again.”

Pence told the Register that he had often prayed for Trump over the past two years and would continue to do so.

“My faith compels me to forgive. I had hoped that the president would revisit this issue one day,” Pence said. “I still hope he would.”

Katie Akin is a political reporter for the Register. Join her at kakin@registermedia.com. Follow her on Twitter at @katie_akin.

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