May 15, 2023
Dear Senators and Members of Congress,
Independent Women’s Voice, the leading national women’s organization dedicated to expanding support for common sense public policies, is proud to support the End Taxpayer Funding of Gender Experimentation Act, introduced by Senator Roger Marshall and Representative Doug LaMalfa. This bill prohibits federal funding for medically unnecessary gender-related treatments and procedures. It does not prohibit funding for treatment of complications related to gender reassignment or for treatment of patients with medically verifiable conditions that implicate sex development.
Medical interventions designed to change one’s body to appear and function like the opposite sex often come with harmful side effects. In fact, a growing number of people are coming to regret embracing so-called gender-affirming medical treatments. IWF’s “Identity Crisis” documentary series tells the heartbreaking stories of individuals who have experienced the harms of gender ideology first-hand and face devastating permanent damage from the medical treatments they were given.
For these reasons and more, taxpayers should not be forced to pay for these controversial procedures and treatments. IWV thanks Senator Marshall and Representative LaMalfa for their leadership on this issue. We urge all senators and members of Congress to join them in opposing federal funding of “gender-affirming” interventions.
Hadley Heath Manning
Vice President for Policy
Independent Women’s Voice