Fact Check: Rachel Levine Did NOT Refer To Mothers As 'Egg Producers' While Visiting A Gender Clinic in Alaska

Fact Check

  • by: Uliana Malashenko
Fact Check: Rachel Levine Did NOT Refer To Mothers As 'Egg Producers' While Visiting A Gender Clinic in Alaska Clinic Denies

Did U.S. Assistant Secretary for Health Admiral Rachel Levine, a physician, describe mothers as "egg producers" during her August 6, 2023, visit to an LGBTQ+ clinic in Alaska? No, that's not true: None of the sources describing this supposed remark use a direct quote or a recording to prove it was said, and a clinic manager confirmed to Lead Stories that Levine did not use such an expression during her visit.

The claim appeared in a post (archived here) published on X, formerly known as Twitter, on August 16, 2023. It said:

Rachel Levine calls mothers as 'egg producers' while visiting a gender clinic.

This is what it looked like at the time of the writing of this fact check:

Screen Shot 2023-08-18 at 2.31.26 PM.png

Twitter screenshot

(Source: Twitter screenshot taken on Fri Aug 18 18:31:26 2023 UTC)

The post contained a link to an article making the same claim. However, that piece did not contain a direct quote of what was allegedly said.

Assistant Secretary for Health Levine toured Alaska at the beginning of August 2023. Her schedule included an August 6, 2023, visit to Identity Alaska, a health-care organization that describes itself as a "nonprofit community center and health clinic that provides resources, programs, and health care for the LGBTQIA2S+ and allied community."

Identity's Operations Director Lynn Murphy told Lead Stories via email on August 18, 2023, that the claim that Levine had referred to mothers as "egg producers" was not true:

This is a false article; at no point did Admiral Levine use the term "egg-producers" in any context during her visit. This term was extrapolated from an outside source listed in a separate website link on our "resources" page on our website.
A search for the key terms "Rachel Levine", "Alaska" and "egg producer" across Google News resources did not show anything other than duplicates of the claim. These duplicates failed to cite the exact sentence attributed to the U.S. Assistant Secretary for Health.
The link cited by Murphy on the clinic's website leads to language-focused recommendations for biology teachers discussing "body parts and functions" in the classroom. The underlying idea appears to suggest focusing on the specific terms or descriptions of these parts and functions without overemphasizing their connections to a particular gender.
In 2021, Levine became the first openly transgender federal official confirmed by the U.S. Senate. That was followed by a transphobic smear campaign, as reported by NBC.

Other Lead Stories fact checks of gender-related claims can be found here.

Want to inform others about the accuracy of this story?

See who is sharing it (it might even be your friends...) and leave the link in the comments.:

  Uliana Malashenko

Uliana Malashenko is a New York-based freelance writer and fact checker.

Read more about or contact Uliana Malashenko

Different viewpoints

Note: if reading this fact check makes you want to contact us to complain about bias, please check out our Red feed first.

About Us

International Fact-Checking Organization Meta Third-Party Fact Checker

Lead Stories is a fact checking website that is always looking for the latest false, misleading, deceptive or inaccurate stories, videos or images going viral on the internet.
Spotted something? Let us know!.

Lead Stories is a:


Subscribe to our newsletter

* indicates required

Please select all the ways you would like to hear from Lead Stories LLC:

You can unsubscribe at any time by clicking the link in the footer of our emails. For information about our privacy practices, please visit our website.

We use Mailchimp as our marketing platform. By clicking below to subscribe, you acknowledge that your information will be transferred to Mailchimp for processing. Learn more about Mailchimp's privacy practices here.

Most Read

Most Recent

Share your opinion