As the Commission on Women, Children and Seniors gets ready to host a panel on January 25 to discuss why laws against genital mutilation are necessary, an investigation by the Family Institute of Connecticut Action reveals that Connecticut’s HUSKY program has paid for the genital mutilation of gender dysphoric girls. The double mastectomies of minor girls were done specifically to treat gender dysphoria. “My breasts were beautiful, now they’ve been incinerated for nothing. Thank you, modern medicine.” says national activist Chloe Cole who has sued the doctors who removed both of her breasts at age 15. She is not the only one.

This is a January 4, 2024, document produced as a result of a Freedom of Information Request to Connecticut Department of Social Services revealing double mastectomies (procedure code 19303) performed on minors who have gender dysphoria (diagnosis code F642) paid for by the Department of Social Services to Hartford Hospital in the HUSKY insurance program. Evidence that Connecticut is paying for genital mutilation of children.

The evidence reveals that Hartford Hospital has been the recipient of most of the HUSKY funds so far. “Top Surgery” can cost anywhere from $9,000 to $17,000 and transgender surgery on minors is known as “huge money makers” for hospitals. The efficacy of double mastectomies for resolving gender dysphoria is uncertain at best, according to a New York Times article. Why are Connecticut taxpayers forced to be complicit in this horrific and permanently life-altering procedure on children?

Effectiveness of “top surgery” is inconclusive.

 According to Transition Regret and Detransition: Meanings and Uncertainties a 2023 article by Sarah C. J. Jorgensen, “the evidence supporting medical interventions for gender transition (e.g., hormonal therapies and surgery) is weak and inconclusive (Block, 2023; COHERE, 2020; Hembree et al., 2017; Ludvigsson et al., 2023; NICE, 2020ab), and an increasing number of people have come forward over the past few years to share their experiences of transition regret and detransition (Levine, 2018b; Marchiano, 2020; r/detrans, 2023; Respaut et al., 2022; Valdes & MacKinnon, 2023).”

Across America, lawsuits have been filed and young women are coming forward to express their regret for undergoing irreversible surgical procedures as minors. These lawsuits highlight many complaints including physical, social, neurological and psychological damages, fertility risks, stunted puberty and more. While lawsuits pile up, the state of Connecticut is contributing to the problem by funding the removal of perfectly normal breasts of girls as young as 15.

Children “grow out of” gender dysphoria if given a chance.

Wait a second, “regret among transitioners is only 1%!” gender activists will claim. This is a statistic that has no merit because it applies to an incredibly small group of adult transitioners who received double mastectomies before 2020 at a median age of 27 and on average, were queried only 3.6 years after their surgery. In fact, 40% of the biological women contacted for the study refused to participate. The respondents were largely adults and not minor girls in the middle of puberty.

On the other hand, Connecticut PAID doctors to perform life altering, permanent surgery on minor girls to address gender dysphoria they are likely to grow out of. It is a future legal liability for the doctors, hospitals and State of Connecticut. Even the Hartford Courant noted in a January 16 article that insurance companies are beginning to refuse to cover transgender surgery for minors or are raising premium rates in response to growing trepidation in the industry.

Prior to the social contagion prompted by social media and exacerbated by the pandemic, doctors understood that most children experiencing gender dysphoria grew out of it and took a “watchful waiting” approach. Doctors who now resist “affirmative only care” are drummed out of academia and their jobs.

These missteps by activist doctors and the State of Connecticut are obvious not just to the members of the Family Institute, but to a growing number of people including Connecticut native . . . Christine Rebstock. Christine is a self-described transsexual who has struggled with gender dysphoria and is an advocate for children. Christine has appeared on our ZOOM conference calls as an ally on this issue and written about opposition to genital mutilation of minors and support for our Let Kids Be Kids bills in Connecticut Viewpoints at great personal risk.

Contact your legislators.

What more can we do to stop this madness? In Connecticut, there is very little at this point except to question authority and raise awareness of this issue, empower parents to resist the false narrative that surgery and “gender affirmation” are the only way to respond to gender dysphoria. In order to protect children and affirm parents we need a bill right now to prevent schools from secretly transitioning children and defying parents who object. Use our Action Center to contact your legislators today.