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NASPAG Position Statement on Gender Affirming Care for Minors

        This NASPAG Position Statement was created by Nichole Tyson, MD and Megan Harrison, MD, in collaboration with NASPAG Advocacy Committee members: Elizabeth Alderman, MD, Rachel Casey, MD, Martin Fisher, MD, Shaketha Gray, MD, Megan Harrison, MD, Kim Hoover, MD, Susan Kaufman, DO, Kate McCracken, MD, Diana Robillard, MD, Mary Romano, MD, Julie Strickland, MD, Nichole Tyson, MD, Whitney Wellenstein, MD, and Noor Zwayne, MD. It was approved by the NASPAG Board of Directors in April 2021.
        The North American Society of Adolescent and Pediatric Gynecology has nearly 470 members consisting of physicians, advanced practice providers, nurses, and professional health care trainees. Our mission is to provide multidisciplinary leadership in education, research and gynecologic care to improve the reproductive health of all youths, inclusive of children and adolescents who are gender diverse. We advocate for the provision of unrestricted, unbiased, and evidence-based practice of pediatric and adolescent gynecology. We stand with national medical organizations supporting comprehensive care of adolescents and the confidential relationship between patients and their physicians.

        American Academy of Pediatrics. Frontline physicians oppose legislation that interferes in or penalizes patient care [news release]. 2021. Available at: https://services.aap.org/en/news-room/news-releases/aap/2021/frontline-physicians-oppose-legislation-that-interferes-in-or-penalizes-patient-care/.

        We support the positions that “physicians must be able to practice medicine that is informed by their years of medical education, training, experience, and the available evidence, freely and without threat of punishment. Patients, their families, and caretakers in partnership with their physicians, not policymakers, should be the ones to make decisions about what care is best for them.”

        American Academy of Pediatrics. Frontline physicians oppose legislation that interferes in or penalizes patient care [news release]. 2021. Available at: https://services.aap.org/en/news-room/news-releases/aap/2021/frontline-physicians-oppose-legislation-that-interferes-in-or-penalizes-patient-care/.

        The North American Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology (NASPAG) Headquarters, 19 Mantua Rd, Mt Royal, NJ, 08061. Phone: 856.423.3064 / Fax: 856.423.3420; E-mail address: [email protected] .

        Reference

        1. American Academy of Pediatrics. Frontline physicians oppose legislation that interferes in or penalizes patient care [news release]. 2021. Available at: https://services.aap.org/en/news-room/news-releases/aap/2021/frontline-physicians-oppose-legislation-that-interferes-in-or-penalizes-patient-care/.