Gynecologists at Beaumont are ‘very good’ at handling sex-related issues
— In a rare public statement, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said it will no longer require gynecologists to undergo sex-change surgery or undergo gender confirmation surgery to be considered a licensed gynecologist.
The announcement is a significant blow to a long-standing industry standard that allows licensed gynesiologists to perform the gender confirmation surgeries for patients.
It comes after a number of U.K. gynecological associations and the National Association of Boards of Gynecology issued statements that they oppose the practice, which has been recommended by the American Academy of Family Physicians and American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologic Surgeons.
It was not immediately clear what prompted the department to change its stance.
The new rules require gynesis to have a physician’s certificate of completion from an accredited medical school, but they do not require that doctors undergo sex change surgery or gender confirmation.
The American College Of Obstetrician and Gynesiologist said it opposes such surgery and would require doctors to provide proof of completion.
“The health of our nation is at stake when it comes to the treatment of sex-confused patients,” said Jennifer Koester, a spokeswoman for the American College.
The American College says it does not have a position on sex-transition surgery, and the American Society of Obstetrics and Gynecolums and the Association of Gynecomastia have no position on the procedure.
The U.N. General Assembly passed a resolution in 2017 recommending that governments recognize the right to gender reassignment.
That resolution did not include the issue of sex reassignment surgery, though it is not yet clear whether that resolution is part of a broader policy that could eventually include such a resolution.
The House of Representatives passed a similar resolution in April, but it has not been considered by the Senate.