The AMA Flat Out Rejected The Idea That It's Medically Valid To Ban Transgender Troops

"We should be honoring their service."

President Trump's proposed ban on transgender troops in the military caused a public uproar when it was announced last year. In fact, before it could even be properly implemented, it was blocked by a federal judge. After consulting with Secretary of Defense James Mattis — who concluded that individuals diagnosed with gender dysphoria could be disqualified from service — Trump decided to move forward with the ban.

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The association's objections to the ban were made public via a letter obtained by Politico. In it, the organization's CEO James Madara addressed Secretary Mattis directly and said that his February 22 memo "mischaracterized and rejected the wide body of peer-reviewed research on the effectiveness of transgender medical care."

"Transgender individuals have served, and continue to serve, our country with honor, and we believe they should be allowed to continue doing so," the letter reads, refuting the logic being used to justify the ban.

"We support the finding of the RAND study conducted for the Department of Defense on the impact of transgender individuals in the military that the financial cost is negligible and a rounding error in the defense budget," Madara later continued, referencing the 2016 study conducted by the RAND Corporation that estimated that nearly 4,000 transgender troops already serve in the military and would only account for a less-than-1-percent increase in health care cost for active duty troops. "It should not be used as a reason to deny patriotic Americans an opportunity to serve their country. We should be honoring their service."

Though the Trump administration intends to go forward with the ban, there are still several temporary injunctions that are still in place that prevent it from becoming actualized. They will likely remain until courts determine whether or not it is constitutional to block individuals from serving in the armed forces based on their gender identity.

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(H/T: Politico)

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