At a recent briefing, Press Secretary Jen Psaki excoriated the Alabama legislature for passing legislation to protect confused children from damaging and disfiguring puberty blockers, opposite-sex hormones and surgeries.
Psaki said that Alabama lawmakers were “currently debating legislation that, among many things, would target trans youth with tactics that threatens [sic] to put pediatricians in prison if they provide medically necessary, lifesaving healthcare for the kids they serve.”
She went on to add, “To be clear, every major medical association agrees that gender-affirming healthcare for transgender kids is a best practice and potentially lifesaving.”
This, despite the paucity of evidence that affirming a child’s sexual identity confusion is helpful, along with the fact that many doctors, medical organizations and countries reject such medical interventions for children with sexual identity confusion.
Psaki was referring to Alabama legislation, just signed into law by Governor Kay Ivey, that bans puberty blockers, opposite-sex hormones and “sex reassignment” surgeries for minors as treatments for sexual identity confusion. Psaki was also parroting transgender activists – and extremist allies in the medical professions – who say these are “medically necessary,” “life-saving” and “healthcare.”
Rather than helping children who struggle with sexual identity confusion embrace their bodily reality, Psaki evidently believes we should believe a six-year-old boy who says he’s a girl, give him drugs to stop natural adolescent growth and development; pump him full of female hormones; stop his body’s normal production of testosterone; and perform multiple surgeries in an attempt to make him look like a girl.
Here is what some doctors and medical groups – who are not controlled by LGBT activists and not swayed by gender ideology – say about damaging children with these medical interventions.
- The American College of Pediatricians says:
The norm for human development is for an individual’s thoughts to align with physical reality; for an individual’s gender identity to align with biological sex. … GD [gender dysphoria] is a problem that resides in the mind not in the body. Children with GD do not have a disordered body—even though they feel as if they do. Similarly, a child’s distress over developing secondary sex characteristics does not mean that puberty should be treated as a disease to be halted, because puberty is not, in fact, a disease.
The organization also states, “There is not a single long-term study to demonstrate the safety or efficacy of puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones and surgeries for transgender-believing youth.”
- The Christian Medical and Dental Associations says, in its “Ethics Statement on Transgender Identification,” published in CMDA Today, Spring 2022:
Medicine rests on science and should not be held captive to desires or demands that contradict biological reality. Sex reassignment operations are physically harmful because they disregard normal human anatomy and function. Normal anatomy is not a disease; dissatisfaction with natural anatomical and genetic sexual makeup is not a condition that can be successfully remedied medically or surgically.
- In the article “Growing Pains,” from The New Atlantis, Paul W. Hruz, M.D., Ph.D., Lawrence S. Mayer, M.B., M.S., Ph.D. and Paul R. McHugh, M.D., write:
The use of puberty suppression and cross-sex hormones for minors is a radical step that presumes a great deal of knowledge and competence on the part of the children assenting to these procedures, on the part of the parents or guardians being asked to give legal consent to them, and on the part of the scientists and physicians who are developing and administering them. … And we are supposed to expect parents and physicians to evaluate the risks and benefits of puberty suppression, despite the state of ignorance in the scientific community about the nature of gender identity.
It’s not just U.S. doctors and medical groups who are questioning medically and surgically treating children who reject their biological sex. Entire countries are backing away from these experimental practices.
The United Kingdom stopped promoting these treatments for children. A high court ruled in 2020 that it was “highly unlikely” that young teens could “weigh the long-term risks and consequences” to drugs, hormones and surgeries to “treat” sexual identity confusion.
That same year, U.K.’s National Health Service also changed its guidance about puberty blockers saying, “Little is known about the long-term side effects of hormone or puberty blockers in children with gender dysphoria,” and, “It’s also not known whether hormone blockers affect the development of the teenage brain or children’s bones.”
In Sweden, a major hospital stopped the use of puberty blockers for children, citing the many possible harms to children from these treatments.
Finland followed soon after, explaining that “cross-sex identification in childhood, even in extreme cases, generally disappears during puberty” and noting that puberty blockers carry serious risks of physical side effects.
Most recently, France’s National Academy of Medicine saw the huge increase in gender confusion in children and said, “Great medical caution must be taken in children and adolescents, given the vulnerability, particularly psychological, of this population and the many undesirable effects and even serious complications that can be caused by some of the therapies available.”
Psaki wants to strike down policies to protect children – like those enacted in Arkansas, Texas, Arizona and Alabama. She said the Departments of Justice and Health and Human Services will work to stop states that protect children and adolescents.
She has been duped by transgender ideologues and wants to continue this reprehensible medical experimentation on confused children.
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