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Transgenderism in children – eclipse of parental responsibility?

A gender-neutral bathroom is seen at the University of California, Irvine in Irvine, California September 30, 2014. The University of California will designate gender-neutral restrooms at its 10 campuses to accommodate transgender students, in a move that may be the first of its kind for a system of colleges in the United States. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES - Tags: EDUCATION SOCIETY POLITICS) - RTR48EXX

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In a September 17, 2018 online publication, Ensuring Comprehensive Care and Support for Transgender and Gender-Diverse Children and Adolescents, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) issued a new policy statement.

They recommend, inter alia, “that youth be provided with access to comprehensive gender-affirming and developmentally appropriate health care” and that insurance plans “offer coverage specific to the needs of youth who identify as transgender, including coverage for medical, psychological and, when appropriate, surgical interventions”.

The American College of Pediatricians (ACPeds), however, calls upon the pediatric profession to exercise caution in following these recommendations, as reported in a  September 21 LifeSiteNews article, ‘Pediatricians’ Group Speaks Out Against Validating All ‘Gender Identities’ in Kids’.

According to Dr Joseph Zanga, former president of both the AAP and the ACPeds, embracing this posture, without addressing the possibility of a child being transiently or pathologically confused violates a basic tenet of the medical profession: “Do No Harm”.

He warns that “endorsing sex change for children as normal will inevitably lead more children to puberty-blocking drugs,” and that this, in turn, “virtually ensures they will ‘choose’ a lifetime of toxic cross-sex hormones, and likely consider surgical mutilation of healthy body parts all for a condition that—in the vast majority of cases—would have resolved naturally by late adolescence.”

In the meantime, in another LifeSiteNews article, dated September 18, Doug Mainwaring presents a report from The Telegraph that authorities in the United Kingdom are investigating the reasons why, in just eight years, there has been an over 4,000 per cent increase in the number of children seeking gender ‘change’ treatment.

According to the report, last year in England, 800 children, some as young as 10, were given injections to stall the onset of puberty, and some given hormones to start the process of changing gender. It said that officials in the Government Equalities Office will look into whether the influence of social media is driving more children to consider changing sex, and whether it is appropriate to treat pre-pubescent children with drugs.

Dr Michelle Cretella, president of the American College of Pediatricians, warned that the active promotion of transgenderism, a psychological disorder, “has resulted in massive uncontrolled and unconsented experimentation upon children and adolescents,” and that this is child abuse.

She states further that “many children are being permanently sterilized by these treatments and sentenced to a lifetime of toxic medications to impersonate the opposite sex,” and that these “medications…cause everything from cardiovascular disease to diabetes to cancer”.

Mention was also made of a recent study that found that almost two-thirds of children and teenagers who say they want to change sex have previously been diagnosed with serious mental health disorders.

Dr David Stevens, CEO, Christian Medical & Dental Associations, related a story a doctor once told him: “If a parent came to me with an anorexic child, I wouldn’t recommend a diet in order to affirm the child’s desire to be thinner. On the contrary,” he said, “the doctor would be moved to find a cure for the child. That same concept is at play when it comes to parents who seek to support their child’s transgender urges.”

The article concluded with the comments of Louis Brown, former director of Christ Medicus Foundation, “As Catholics, we believe that every man, woman, and child deserves the unlimited love of God. We also know that love is based in truth … We must seek to love anyone who has need for medical care, but it should be consistent with that person’s biological, sexual and anthropological truth. So … if we’re not loving each medical patient in truth, we are not really loving them at all.”


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