GOP rep says sexual reassignments would increase veteran suicides
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Rep. Louie GohmertLouis (Louie) Buller GohmertTrump: 'Fake news media’ didn’t cover when Obama said '57 states' in 2008 Bipartisan pair offers advice on ‘Climbing the Hill’ Trump allies want Congress to find anonymous op-ed author MORE (R-Texas) took shots at a Department of Veterans Affairs proposal that would allow VA hospitals to provide sexual reassignment surgeries, saying it would cause more veterans to commit suicide. 

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"And now this administration says we're going to have the VA do sex-change operations. Really? Do we not have enough vets committing suicide without you increasing that 20 times?" Gohmert said at the annual Faith & Freedom Coalition's annual Road to Majority conference in Washington, D.C. Friday 

The VA is looking into changing regulations so VA hospitals can provide sex reassignment surgery to veterans who want it. 

Gohmert also railed against reassignment surgeries, calling them dangerous to those who undergo them and citing a former psychiatrist who compared being transgender to having an eating disorder. 

"It's a generalized sense of dissatisfaction, and for that you want to cut off organs and destroy people's lives?" Gohmert said. 

A 2014 survey by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the Williams Institute at the UCLA College of Law found that 46 percent of transgender men and 42 percent of transgender women had attempted suicide possibly as a result of "mental health factors and experiences of harassment, discrimination, violence and rejection."

Gohmert also criticized laws that allow people to use public bathrooms that correspond to their gender identity, not their biological sex. 

"Think about the damage we're doing to kids," he said, claiming that there are children and women who have been sexually abused in bathrooms by "having a man walk into them" posing as a woman. 

Gohmert has previously defended a controversial North Carolina law that requires people use the public bathrooms that correspond to their sex at birth, saying it will prevent men posing as women from gaining access to children. 

“It’s already been shown, you give guys a chance to say ‘I’m transgender and I get to go in and film a girl in a shower,’ there will be people who do that,” said on the House floor in April.