Children's Health

published : 2023-11-30

DOJ Fails to Stop Exposure of Rachel Levine's Emails in Litigation Over Alabama's Sex Change Ban for Minors

Alabama's Attorney General Argues Levine's Involvement in Biden Administration's 'Reckless Promotion' of Sex-Modification Procedures for Children

A photo of Rachel Levine addressing a crowd during a conference on transgender rights, taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark IV.

The Department of Justice's attempt to stop Alabama's ban on sex change procedures and medications for transgender minors has resulted in Assistant Secretary for Health and Human Services Dr. Rachel Levine being embroiled in litigation.

Alabama's attorney general, Steve Marshall, is currently defending litigation against an Alabama law that criminalizes prescribing puberty blockers or hormones to transgender children for a sex change, imposing a sentence of up to 10 years in prison.

In the course of the lawsuit against the Alabama law, the Department of Justice requested to be a party, which exposed some federal officials to discovery – a process where evidential documents are presented and requested before trial.

Believing that Rachel Levine is a prominent voice in the federal government advocating for sex changes in children with gender dysphoria, Attorney General Marshall requested Levine's records from the Health and Human Services (HHS) Department.

The DOJ attempted to block the request and instead offered Levine's former subordinate for discovery, along with a FOIA response containing unrelated search terms.

A close-up shot of Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall delivering a speech defending the state's ban on sex change procedures for transgender minors, captured with a Nikon D850.

However, a court ruling on November 17th deemed Rachel Levine's emails relevant due to her position as a public official.

"I am glad the court granted our motion to require HHS to search Admiral Levine's emails for documents relevant to our defense of Alabama's law," stated Attorney General Marshall, expressing readiness to review the produced documents.

Both the DOJ and HHS have not provided any comments at this time.

Rachel Levine has been one of the most vocal voices on transgender issues in the federal government.

In May, as Assistant Secretary of HHS, Levine called on Big Tech to remove "misinformation" about "gender-affirming care" for kids.

An image of the Department of Justice building in Washington D.C., symbolizing the legal battle over Alabama's sex change ban, taken with a Sony Alpha a7 III.

Levine's involvement in promoting transgender sex changes for minors has sparked controversy.

Attorney General Marshall asserts that Levine has been at the forefront of the Biden Administration's endorsement of sex-modification procedures for children, particularly through organizations like WPATH whose 'Standards of Care' prescribe sterilizing hormones and surgeries for vulnerable children with gender dysphoria.

Levine has previously praised an Alaska gender clinic that advocated for revising biological sex concepts and eliminating terms like 'mother' from science classes in K-12 schools.

Additionally, Levine has argued for medical interventions such as hormone therapy for children experiencing puberty incongruent with their gender identity.

Despite the opposition, Levine remains optimistic that the acceptance of medically changing kids' genders will become normalized in the future.