8 reasons ‘transgenderism’ is politics, not science

By Joseph Farah

Somebody has to state the obvious when it comes to the political agenda of “transgenderism.”

There’s no science behind it. There’s no common sense behind it. There’s no morality behind it.

Yet, our society has embraced the idea of allowing gender-confused small children to determine for themselves whether they are boys or girls and want to choose chemical castration and/or sterilization – ignoring the dire medical and health risks such procedures pose.

That’s why I appreciate Dr. Michelle Cretella, president of the American College of Pediatricians, for speaking out boldly against the advance of political correctness and for sound medical practices.

“Chemical castration is what you’re doing when you put any biologically normal child on puberty blockers,” she said recently. “It’s treating puberty like a disease, arresting a normal process which is critical to normal development and bad for kids.”

I’m not a doctor, but this seems like simple common sense to me. What about you?

She continues: “Sterilization: not good for kids. Prepping them for what will likely result in a case in girls a double mastectomy at 16 – not how you treat depression or anxiety, and I have plenty of experience treating teenagers with depression, anxiety, even suicidal depression. Indoctrinating pre-school kids with the lie that you can be trapped in the wrong body, again, that’s disrupting their normal reality testing and cognitive development. Those things are abusive.”

Again, isn’t this just self-evident? Or shouldn’t it be? Does one really need a medical degree to see the truth?

Here’s more straight talk from Dr. Cretella: “As to the studies, there are two that I am aware of that claim affirming your child’s gender confusion is good for them. Number one, it assumes that coaching a child into a fixed-false belief is mentally healthy. Science doesn’t allow you to assume your conclusion. Number two, those studies are extremely small. Number three, those studies are very short term. And number four, the control group of ‘mentally healthy children’ are the siblings, most of them are siblings of the trans-identifying child. Oh, and there’s a number five, the parents were the ones evaluating the mental health of the children. This is not science. … I don’t think you need to have an M.D. or a Ph.D to know that’s not science – that’s ideology masquerading as science.”

How did we get to the point in our society when parents and teachers and health professionals are resorting to pseudo-scientific experimentation on children?

It’s hard to believe how fast we are traveling down this slippery slope of gender indoctrination.

Our laws are being change to accommodate this madness, but, as Dr. Cretella points out, innocent children are being physically and emotional abused by this insidious ideology that has infiltrated the medical establishment.

“As explained in my 2016 peer reviewed article, ‘Gender Dysphoria in Children and Suppression of Debate,’ professionals who dare to question the unscientific party line of supporting gender transition therapy will find themselves maligned and out of a job,” Dr. Cretella has charged.

Her credentials affirm her expertise in this area.

“I speak as someone intimately familiar with the pediatric and behavioral health communities and their practices,” she writes. “I am a mother of four who served 17 years as a board certified general pediatrician with a focus in child behavioral health prior to leaving clinical practice in 2012. For the last 12 years, I have been a board member and researcher for the American College of Pediatricians, and for the last three years I have served as its president. I also sat on the board of directors for the Alliance for Therapeutic Choice and Scientific Integrity from 2010 to 2015. This organization of physicians and mental health professionals defends the right of patients to receive psychotherapy for sexual identity conflicts that is in line with their deeply held values based upon science and medical ethics. I have witnessed an upending of the medical consensus on the nature of gender identity. What doctors once treated as a mental illness, the medical community now largely affirms and even promotes as normal.”

But what are the facts?

“The transition-affirming view holds that children who ‘consistently and persistently insist’ that they are not the gender associated with their biological sex are innately transgender,” she writes. “The fact that in normal life and in psychiatry, anyone who ‘consistently and persistently insists’ on anything else contrary to physical reality is considered either confused or delusional is conveniently ignored.”

Yet, the new “transition-affirming protocol” advises parents to treat their children as the gender they desire, and to place them on puberty blockers around age 11 or 12 if they are gender dysphoric. If by age 16, the children still insist that they are trapped in the wrong body, they are placed on cross-sex hormones, and biological girls may obtain a double mastectomy.

Needless, these are risky, life-changing decisions being made by children. Some surgeons have even been advocating for genital reassignment surgeries for minors, according to Dr. Cretella.

This is where the cultural establishment is leading us at a mind-numbing pace. The media love it and embrace it. The education system is jumping on the freight train. The medical community is already largely on board. And the legal system is running point.

Another example is the news that Saturday a drag queen dressed as a satantic-looking witch read books to young children at the Michelle Obama Library in Long Beach, California, as part of the library’s celebration of “LGBTQ History Month.”

Here are eight hard facts Dr. Cretella offers to anyone willing to listen to the other side in this debate – and there very much is another side that needs to be explored for the sake of our children.

1. Twin studies prove no one is born “trapped in the body of the wrong sex.”

2. Gender identity is malleable, especially in young children.

3. Puberty blockers for gender dysphoria have not been proven safe.

4. There are no cases in the scientific literature of gender-dysphoric children discontinuing blockers.

5. Cross-sex hormones are associated with dangerous health risks.

6. Neuroscience shows that adolescents lack the adult capacity needed for risk assessment.

7. There is no proof that affirmation prevents suicide in children.

8. Transition-affirming protocol has not solved the problem of transgender suicide.

I strongly recommend everyone read her complete findings and share them with everyone you know.

This crazy cultural tide needs to be reversed – with real science, real common sense and real morality.

Stop the child abuse now.

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