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.
Taxpayer dollars need to be protected from funding sex-change surgery and hormone therapy efforts intended to change a person’s gender, which are non-essential. 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 at the link below.