Perhaps the Most Important Issue Virginians have Faced in Years

Marissa Levine

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There is a current and pressing issue that has been brought to our attention that we need your help with.

Transgendered Chief of Public Health.

Governor McAuliffe has appointed a transgender male-to-female as the Commissioner of Public Health.  Dr. Mark or “Marissa” Levine is the highest ranking person in our Commonwealth’s health system.

Dr. Levine will be holding a public hearing on December 4, 2014 in an attempt to roll back Virginia’s abortion clinic regulations.  You can be sure Attorney General Mark Herring and Governor Terry McAuliffe will have their “legal” opinions to back up what Dr. Levine does.  Dr. Levine has already issued waivers to clinics and apparently will not be enforcing the law about underage abortion as it had been enforced in the McDonnell/Cuccinelli era.

Marissa LevineThere are serious issues with Dr. Levine, both enforcing Virginia Law, and in his (or her) personal struggle with “his” gender identity.  When a man looks in the mirror and sees a woman, he has serious issues.  Dr. Levine should find a job in the private sector; not in a state position requiring public faith and trust.

There has been no press coverage about Dr. Levine being transgendered but in the past two weeks there have been at least four (4) national website blogs about Dr. Levine.  There was also a Wall Street Journal article in June about transgender being a serious mental illness.

We must not allow a known mental illness to become acceptable as “the norm”, and we cannot allow a person suffering from a transgender mental illness condition to be responsible for the health and welfare of some 8 million citizens of our Commonwealth.

Below you will find articles publically available for the past two weeks.  Please look at them and consider calling or writing your Virginia Senator and Delegate and telling them that Dr. Levine is not an acceptable man (or woman) to head up Virginia’s health system.

Click the link below to see and listen to Dr. Mark/Marissa Levine here:



Would You Trust this Virginia Man with Your Health Care?

by Linda Harvey, originally published on BarbWire

Where are all the transgender activists in Virginia? They are being pretty quiet about a huge victory they could claim.

It seems that the health commissioner of the state of Virginia is a guy now preferring to be known as a female. Dr. Marissa Levine was in a former life, Dr. Mark Levine. And because I prefer to deal with reality, that’s what we will call him here.

Virginia Mass Resistance head Linda Wall is one of the few folks talking about this stunning development. Mark Levine was appointed interim health commissioner last February by Governor Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat. It’s too bad Levine now seems to be a permanent fixture in this slot, because already he is operating like a committed liberal and trying to undo regulations on abortion clinics so those that haven’t complied won’t close.

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In fact, Levine is turning out to be the water-carrier for the extreme pro-abortion policies of Terry McAuliffe. Pro-life supporters in Virginia are livid.

While Dr. Levine does on paper have an extensive background in public health, this recent decision he’s made to pretend to be a woman overshadows everything else in his life. He was a male in the public eye as recently  as 2006, when quoted in the Washington Post as a family practitioner who treated “transgender” people. His own personal struggle was not revealed in this typically biased WaPo article.

“Physician, heal thyself” has never been more applicable.

It’s not my intention to pick on Levine personally. His identity crisis should prompt our sincere compassion. However, he’s not just Joe Transvestite on the street but holds an influential position, and his own prejudices and personal self-deception could potentially impact millions of people.

The confusion of the person who can’t accept his or her own biological sex is enough to disqualify such a person in the minds of many from a position of authority, particularly in the field of public health. A clear mind and sound judgment in the age of Ebola has never been more critical.

What’s really ironic is that Levine studied at Johns Hopkins University, the same institution where Dr. Paul McHugh was psychiatrist- in -chief for many years, and where sex change surgery was pioneered in the U.S. Johns Hopkins eventually stopped performing these procedures because the patients were seldom better off afterward.

Dr. Paul McHugh wrote that he now sees the condition quite differently, even boldly stating in a recent Wall Street Journal article that transgenderism is not a right but a mental disorder that needs understanding, treatment and prevention. He also said that sex change is a biological impossibility and that recent studies with long-term follow-up of sex change patients showed disturbingly high levels of mortality through suicide as they aged.

The decisions of Levine as a highly- positioned professional, a man-posing-as-a-woman, could have an impact on the health care of millions as he takes charge during any encounters with infectious diseases like Ebola.

After all, Dulles International Airport is where Thomas Eric Duncan arrived on U.S. soil, already ill with Ebola. Dulles is one of the five U.S. airports designated for enhanced screening procedures because visitors from West Africa regularly arrive there. Dulles is in the state of Virginia and would be under the jurisdiction of the Virginia Department of Health.

No political correctness should be applied when managing the possible spread of such a virus, but what will Levine do if it shows up in Virginia? Already expert at heavily massaging the truth, this man’s leadership under pressure would be severely tested.

And then, there’s another epidemic under the authority of this man-who-wants-to-be-a-woman: HIV/AIDS in Virginia. Now, how objective do we think he’s going to be about that? Male transvestites are among the most at-risk groups for HIV.

So let’s review: the top doctor in the state of Virginia, a position presumably dependent on a clear grasp of provable science and objective facts, denies his own physical, anatomical reality as a male, instead pretending to be a female. Again, his personal issues become everyone’s issue because in his high-level position, it’s no longer about him. He’s a public servant and because of the decision he’s made and all it signals, he is an inappropriate choice for such a position.

This kind of government chicanery is where the real war on women exists. Not only is Dr. Mark Levine pretending to be what those of us who are real women are, he is now going to make it easier for real women to abort their children? This is all too radical for words.

While we pray for this truly confused man, let’s pray that Virginia wises up and appoints a clear-minded person to its highest health post.

Transgender Surgery Isn’t the Solution

by Paul McHugh originally published in the Wall Street Journal


The government and media alliance advancing the transgender cause has gone into overdrive in recent weeks. On May 30, a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services review board ruled that Medicare can pay for the “reassignment” surgery sought by the transgendered—those who say that they don’t identify with their biological sex. Earlier last month Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said that he was “open” to lifting a ban on transgender individuals serving in the military. Time magazine, seeing the trend, ran a cover story for its June 9 issue called “The Transgender Tipping Point: America’s next civil rights frontier.”

Yet policy makers and the media are doing no favors either to the public or the transgendered by treating their confusions as a right in need of defending rather than as a mental disorder that deserves understanding, treatment and prevention. This intensely felt sense of being transgendered constitutes a mental disorder in two respects. The first is that the idea of sex misalignment is simply mistaken—it does not correspond with physical reality. The second is that it can lead to grim psychological outcomes.

The transgendered suffer a disorder of “assumption” like those in other disorders familiar to psychiatrists. With the transgendered, the disordered assumption is that the individual differs from what seems given in nature—namely one’s maleness or femaleness. Other kinds of disordered assumptions are held by those who suffer from anorexia and bulimia nervosa, where the assumption that departs from physical reality is the belief by the dangerously thin that they are overweight…

continues –(ORIGINAL POST HERE) and commentary from LIFE SITE for informative insight, HERE

Dr. McHugh, former psychiatrist in chief at Johns Hopkins Hospital, is the author of “Try to Remember: Psychiatry’s Clash Over Meaning, Memory, and Mind” (Dana Press, 2008).



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