Did a doctors group really take a stand in support of transgender children? OneNewsNow spoke with a pediatrician who disputes a report implying that's the case.
According to The Associated Press, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends support for children who change their names or hairstyles to affirm their chosen gender identity.
"The group said children are more likely to have better physical and mental health with such support," AP continued. "The policy describes interventions including hormones to suppress puberty and even surgery for teens on a case-by-case basis, [and] it calls for advocacy in favor of laws protecting transgender youth from discrimination."
Youth immersed in pro-trans propaganda: LaBarbera
Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)
An expert on transgender is wondering when society is going to wake up to the dangers of trying to alter one's gender.
A study done by the Search Institute shows that teens who identify as transgender are committing suicide at a much, much higher rate than the rest of the population. Peter LaBarbera of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality tells OneNewsNow that's no surprise.
"Today's young people are swimming in ubiquitous transgender and pro-homosexual propaganda. Even the schools are selling this confusion," he laments. "Everywhere you go [you] see deviance being promoted. So it should be no surprise that kids who identify as this outrageous concept of trying to be the other sex are going to be more suicidal."
Even the media is showing approval of transgenderism, which heavily influences youngsters. But LaBarbera wants to know when the left, the media, and parents are going to look at such studies and realize it's not good to sell trans-confusion to children.
"Kids are very impressionable. They're all over the media – and they're just not getting the other side [of the story]," LaBarbera notes. "They're not hearing from people who've come out of these lifestyles; and they're certainly not hearing about all the health risks and the de-transitioning, people who are leaving the transgender lifestyle. So that's why we're seeing the problems that we're seeing."
The Search Institute study involved over 120,000 children ages 11 to 19 over a three-year period.
However, Dr. Michelle Cretella, executive director of the American College of Pediatricians, explains a few points about the policy that she feels need to be addressed.
"Number one, this so-called 'policy statement' of the American Academy of Pediatrics was written by a handful of self-selected physicians on the LGBT subcommittee," she begins. "In the end, this policy statement was passed by fewer than 100 pediatricians. So what you're seeing in the mainstream media about The 67,000 members of the AAP say you need to affirm whatever your child says they are – it's wrong."
Touching on her second point, Cretella says there's no rigorous science to say that gender identify is inborn and unchangeable.
"Number three: [There's] no rigorous science to say that all gender identities are equally healthy or fixed in children and teens," she continues. "Number four, we have a long history of true scientific literature that shows the vast majority, over 90 percent, of young children who are confused about whether they're a boy or a girl, the vast majority outgrow it by late adolescence."
Number five is what Cretella calls a "rapid increase" in the number of teenagers saying they're transgender and requesting or even demanding that they be given sex-change hormones and sex-change surgeries – including double mastectomies on girls as young as 13.
"This is what the AAP writers are in support of," Cretella stresses. "They say Well, this rapid increase, it's because society is finally tolerant, these kids were always there. No, this rapid escalation demands further investigation."
Cretella urges doctors and medical professionals to take a stand and not capitulate to political correctness. "We need true, objective investigation and science," she recommends. "This is not science. It is ideology."