Accepting transgenderism in a child is a form of child abuse. This is according to the American College of Pediatricians, a professional organization of pediatricians whose leadership includes Dr. Paul McHugh, the former psychiatrist in chief at Johns Hopkins Hospital, one of the leading medical centers in the world.
The ACP quite correctly asserts that “facts – not ideology – determine reality.” The Bible asserts on its first page that there are just two genders – “male and female” – and not five, as homosexual activists want us to believe, or 58 like Facebook wants us to believe.
This biblical statement of the truth about gender identity is confirmed by biological science. Human sexuality is “binary by design.” Binary means there are two and only two options according to medical science – a child either has an “XY” chromosomal pattern or an “XX.” These are genetic markers that indicate that God’s design for humanity and to create the capacity for human reproduction.
There are rare biological disorders of sexual development, but these are “deviations from the sexual binary norm” and never should be used as a template for understanding normative human sexuality. There is no third sex.
Regardless of how individuals might perceive themselves, they each remain biologically either a man or a woman. Bruce Jenner was conceived a male, born a male and will remain a male until the day he dies. His tragic view of his own sexuality is a delusion.
The way to help a sexually confused child is to help him reconcile his psychological view of his own sexuality with the biological truth of his own sexuality, not to aid and abet him in accepting a discordant view of himself. The confusion of children is not in their bodies, it is in their minds. The good news is that while their bodies cannot and will not change, their minds can.
The American Psychiatric Association (APA) still classifies transgenderism as Gender Identity Disorder, a recognized form of mental disturbance which should not be accepted as normal.
For most teens, gender confusion is only temporary. According to the APA, 98% of gender confused boys and 88% of gender confused girls accept their biological sexual identity after passing through puberty.
To administer hormone treatments to block fertility and growth in a biologically healthy child is a grotesque form of child abuse. Cross-sex hormones, which must be taken in late adolescence by gender confused teens, are associated with dangerous health risks such as high blood pressure, blood clots, stroke and even cancer. No healthy child should ever be exposed to such risks. And to so do in the name of perverted science is obscene.
The long-term psychological effects can be devastating as well. Adults who use cross-sex hormones and who undergo surgical mutilation as a part of the sex reassignment process commit suicide at 20 times the rate of the general population. This is true even in countries like Sweden which are notably and spectacularly transgender-affirming, shattering the transparent myth that it’s all due to transgenderphobia.
As the ACP puts it, “Conditioning children into believing a lifetime of chemical and surgical impersonation of the opposite sex is normal and healthful is child abuse.”
There is a stampede underway to make it a criminal act to help a gender-confused teen reconcile his sexual identity with his biological identity. It’s already illegal in four states, with constant pressure being exerted by the sexual deviancy cabal to expand such a ban to the entire country. This is tragically misguided and can only result in lasting, lifelong, and irreversible damage to the physical, emotional, and psychological health of vulnerable children.
No nation that truly loves children would allow this alarming and disturbing trend to continue for another day. Not another day.
(Unless otherwise noted, the opinions expressed are the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the views of the American Family Association or American Family Radio.)