The American Medical Association (AMA) on Wednesday responded to President Trump’s decision to ban transgender individuals from serving in the military by saying “there is no medically valid reason” for the ban.
“Transgender individuals are serving their country with honor, and they should be allowed to continue doing so,” the country’s largest medical organization said in a statement.
Trump announced the ban in a series of tweets Wednesday morning.
“Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail,” he wrote.
The AMA also took aim at the president’s tweets, citing a 2016 RAND study that found the financial burden of transgender individuals in the military is “a rounding error in the defense budget and should not be used as an excuse to deny patriotic Americans an opportunity to serve their country.”
AMA policy “also supports public and private health insurance coverage for treatment of gender dysphoria as recommended by the patient’s physician,” according to the organization.
“We should be honoring their service, not trying to end it,” the statement concluded.