“For most of human history, it has been pretty obvious that we determine our gender by our bodies. But today, more are beginning to believe it starts in the mind. It’s troubling when an adult chooses this, but when children become involved, it’s dangerous,” stated Peter Sprigg of the Family Research Council, who moderated a panel on gender ideology and children at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C. on Saturday.
The three-person panel included Elizabeth Johnston (aka the “Activist Mommy”) who discussed the “Sex-Ed Sit-Out” – an initiative she began that in just a few months grew into a global movement, resulting in schools in four countries seeing a sixty percent decrease in attendance among students on April 23 to protest graphic sexual content being taught. “Outrage without action is ineffective,” Johnston proclaimed as she described how parents can unite by keeping their children out of school’s liberal sex education programs. Unfortunately, Johnston’s speech was cut short with the anticipation of Vice President Mike Pence’s arrival.
Before Johnston, mother of ten children, spoke about her social activism and child advocacy, the large crowd of over a thousand heard from two very distinguished medical professionals on the issue of gender ideology. Dr. Paul McHugh, who at one time led the psychiatric department at John’s Hopkins University, said that gender dysphoria is a “disorder of assumption…but now, medical practitioners are helping to affirm their assumptions, not correct it. These are not evidence-based treatments,” McHugh lectured. “These treatments are described in the scientific literature as ‘very low quality’ – you wouldn’t use an aspirin with these types of results.”
McHugh went on to describe his work at John’s Hopkins: “In the early 1980s, we psychiatrists and plastic surgeons at John’s Hopkins did a follow-up study (of post-operative transgenders) ten years after treatment and compared them to those who didn’t get the surgeries, and found out they were just as unhappy with their work, relationships, and other key reasons why they initially reported that they needed the treatment. Two-thirds said they were happy with the treatment, but the reasons why they initially got the treatment were not accomplished … as a medical community, we have gone from helping our clients become healthy to making them happy,” which McHugh described as having disastrous results.
Dr. Michelle Cretella, executive director of the American College of Pediatricians, spoke boldly when she followed McHugh: “America is engaged in large-scale child abuse…and complicit in this is my field. People have a biological sex – we don’t have something additional to that which is hardwired into our brains or our DNA. Sex is not assigned by people . . . it declares itself. Our bodies tell us who they are.” When describing the pediatric community’s encouragement of sex change and hormonal treatments for gender dysphoric youth, Cretella called it “institutionalized child abuse.”
“If you have a child as young as three who is confused about their sex, and the treatment involves changing their name and their dress…in the process, you are indoctrinating all of the children around them…we’re not just stopping the body developing, we’re also permanently affecting the brain…and now, 14 states and 44 counties have banned therapies for transgender youth, essentially forcing them into this condition.”
On Friday, before Dr. Cretella spoke, I had the chance to sit down and interview her about her work with the American College of Pediatricians and speech at the Values Voter Summit.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) new policy on gender identity and youth was just released in September 2018 and is titled: “Ensuring comprehensive care and support for transgender and gender diverse children adolescents.” In the policy’s introduction, it states: “Despite some advances in public awareness and legal protections youth that identify as LGBTQ continue to face disparities that stem from multiple sources, including inequitable laws and policies, societal discrimination, and the lack of access to quality healthcare, including mental healthcare.” I found that last statement to be pretty ironic, considering that the AAP has been supportive of laws banning certain types of mental health interventions (e.g., so-called “conversion therapy”) for youth who experience gender dysphoria that might wish to resolve those issues or change their gender identity or expression back to their biological/birth sex. What disparities in mental health care for transgender youth is the AAP referring to?
The AAP is referring to resistance to transition-affirming counseling. In other words, the judgment on gender dysphoria and children is a foregone conclusion in that their approach is to treat it as though transgenderism is innate and unchangeable – just a variation of human nature – so the only reason they give for any of the health disparities between children with gender dysphoria and those without it is essentially “gender minority stress” which means, the stigma that comes with being a transgender youth is the only contribution to these health disparities, and if medical providers would simply affirm their desire to change their gender, the child’s mental health issues would resolve.
One of the interesting things that you said about the new AAP policy is that it is deceitful to say that it has been supported by 67,000 pediatricians, since it was basically drawn up by a committee and approved by less than 50 pediatricians.
Correct, it was written by one author, and based on the committees listed at the end of the policy, 24 pediatricians contributed to the statement and would have had a vote on passage. Other than those 24, the policy would have been voted on by the AAP Board of Directors, which has 12 members. So, 36 members voted on it. 36 members, representing 67,000! Since there is never a minority report, we do not know how many of the 36 may have abstained from voting or rejected it (though most likely, they all did vote in favor). In other words, AAP membership is never consulted on any position statement, and the membership is made aware of statements only 24 hours before it’s released to the media.
After they put out this policy, they often make statements such as “the consensus” of medical professionals agrees this to be the correct response to gender-dysphoric children. Is this really a consensus?
“Consensus” is NOT the same as scientific evidence. Science is decided by following the scientific method and carrying out valid experiments before unleashing a potentially dangerous protocol upon all children, as is done with hormonal treatments for gender dysphoria/transgender identified youth – remember, even non-gender-dysphoric children are impacted by the normalization of gender transition in schools and mass/social media.
Do pediatricians at your organization, the American College of Pediatricians, take more of an active part in reviewing and approving policy statements?
Yes, we have 600 pediatricians, and every policy is voted on by all members. If less than seventy-five percent of the membership votes in favor for a policy, the resolution does not pass.
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Source: Christian Post