A new public records request reveals how millions of taxpayer dollars have funded controversial “gender-affirming” medical treatments for trans-identifying minors in Pennsylvania.
The Pennsylvania Family Institute, a non-profit representing family values, filed a right-to-know request with the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services to find out exactly how much taxpayer money has been spent on medically transitioning children and adolescents in the state.
The request revealed that since 2015 more than $16.7 million in tax dollars have been spent on puberty-blocking drugs, cross-sex hormones, and gender-related surgeries for minors.
Emily Kreps with PA Family Institute explained the true extent of the Pennsylvania government’s support for the gender transition surgeries.
“When Gov. [Tom] Wolf took office, he unilaterally changed state policy to cover things like double mastectomies to remove healthy breasts from minor girls and irreversible experimental hormones for children. The same drugs used to chemically castrate convicted sex offenders are being funded by tax dollars for minors. This type of ‘care’ is happening right now at major institutions like CHOP, Penn State Health and UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh—especially to children in foster care.” Kreps said.
Dr. Rachel Levine, a transgender pediatrician, was appointed as Pennsylvania’s physician general by Democrat Governor Tom Wolf in 2015.
Pennsylvania spent nearly 500% more on “gender-affirming” care for minors under the age of 18 between 2015 and 2021.