The National Council of Asian Pacific Islander Physicians (NCAPIP) joins other national physician associations in supporting gender-affirming care and opposing legislation that would restrict, penalize, or criminalize such medically necessary care. Individual treatment decisions should be made by physicians and patients, based on evidence-based medicine.
The American Medical Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Academy of Family Physicians, American College of Physicians, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American Osteopathic Association, American Psychiatric Association, and American Psychological Association have all supported gender-affirming care for adults, adolescents, and children (with the consent of their parents or legal guardians).
The National Council of Asian Pacific Islander Physicians (NCAPIP) represents
physicians committed to the advancement of the health and well-being of Asian
American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities. NCAPIP’s board
members and physician networks include leaders of national, state, and local physician organizations, medical groups, and independent practice associations. NCAPIP’s board members and physician networks include both primary care physicians (general internists, family physicians, and pediatricians) as well as specialty physicians.
Nearly 120 bills have been introduced in 31 states that would restrict or criminalize gender-affirming care. At least 13 states have enacted such bills or administrative restriction, with two of those laws have blocked from implementation.
NCAPIP Board Chairperson and Acting CEO Winston Wong, MD, MS, FAAFP, states: “Since its inception in 2010, NCAPIP has advocated for access to quality care regardless of income, language, culture, nationality, and immigration status. Transgender individuals and their families are part of the diversity of our Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities, and must be included in our commitment to health equity.”