Commentary: Stop Diverting Our Defense Dollars To Sex Change Surgery


by Staff

Last week, the House of Representatives passed the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2018 (“NDAA”) without incorporating a policy that ensures that limited military resources are not be used for sex-reassignment surgery and other gender transition efforts for service members. Next week, the House will vote on the Make America Secure Appropriations Act, which will provide a large increase in funding for the Department of Defense.

Our friends at the Family Research Council have asked us to join them in encouraging conservative activists across the country to contact their Representatives to demand that they stop diverting our defense dollars to Bradley Chelsea Manning sex change surgery.

Taxpayer dollars need to be protected from funding non-essential sex-change surgery and hormone therapy efforts intended to change a person’s gender. Estimates for these efforts, including the amount of time lost for the transition process, are about $3.7 billion over the next ten years. This is an irresponsible use of taxpayer funds.

With the costs estimated for sex-reassignment surgery and hormones, the military could purchase twenty-two F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Planes, which cost $166.7 million each, or 116 Chinook Helicopters, which cost $31.8 million each, or 3,700 Tomahawk missiles, which are $1 million each, or a new Destroyer for the Navy, which would be about $3.5 billion. Spending billions of dollars on sex-reassignment surgeries and hormones when the military has other priorities that would actually ensure its effectiveness in war, and America’s safety is irresponsible. Active duty service members, whose gender transition efforts will undermine their deployability and military service, should be prohibited from having taxpayer-funded hormone therapy and sex-reassignment surgery.

Funding the Department of Defense while taxpayers are on the hook for sex-reassignment surgery and hormone therapy intended to change a person’s gender is a distraction from the military’s purpose and undermines readiness, recruitment, and retention. Tell your Representative to vote against funding the Department of Defense so long as the Obama-era military transgender policy is in place by calling your Representative at (202) 224-3121, or email your Representative through this link.

Please Urge Your Representative to Vote AGAINST the Make America Secure Appropriations Act, which Will Fund the Department of Defense’s Transgender Policy!

Your personal message is the most effective means of letting your Representative know your views, so to assist you in that effort the following is a draft message for your consideration:

Draft Message to Send to Members of Congress:

I am writing to ask you to vote against the Make America Secure Appropriations Act that will fund the Department of Defense and allow DOD to continue a policy of allowing transgender persons to serve in the military and to receive sex-reassignment surgery and hormone therapy on the taxpayer dime. Funding these surgeries and hormones with funds that could be used for much needed equipment, like missiles, helicopters, and even jets is irresponsible. Please vote against the Make America Secure Appropriations Act.

Thank you.

While we need to contact every House member to win this battle, we think it is of particular importance that you contact the Representatives on this list:

Amash (MI-3), Bergman (MI-1), Coffman (CO-6), Comstock (VA-10), Cook (CA-8), Costello (PA-6), Curbelo (FL-26), Denham (CA-10), Dent (PA-15), Faso (NY-19), Fitzpatrick (PA-8), Issa (CA-49), Katko (NY-24), Knight (CA-25), Lance (NJ-7), LoBiondo (NJ-2), MacArthur (NJ-3), Mast (FL-18), Reed (NY-23), Reichert (WA-8), Ros-Lehtinen (FL-27), Shuster (PA-9), Stefanik (NY-21), Tenney (NY-22)

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