Medical professionals are calling on a top federal official to look into dealing with children who want to be the opposite gender.
It's a fact: children as young as 8 are being given puberty blockers and girls as young as 13 are being given double mastectomies because they want to be the opposite sex (see related article). Because of the harm to children brought by the hormonal treatments and surgeries, the federal government has been urged to shut down those engaged in the practices.
"The combination of puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones or sex-change hormones are happening between the ages of 8 and 16 – and this is actually [permanently] sterilizing kids," says Dr. Michelle Cretella of the American College of Pediatricians.
Research and statistics have shown that children often – and naturally – grow out of the mental problem of "gender dysphoria" in their upper teens. But the trans movement argues that the hormones and mutilation surgery help to prevent suicide. Cretella questions that argument.
"The best long-term study we have of adults who have had these treatments comes out of Sweden," she shares, "and what they found is that the transgender adults end up committing suicide 19 times greater than the general population" – indicating that the hormones and surgery didn't solve their mental disorder.
Cretella's organization has issued a letter to U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams, who has pledged to lead with science, to look into it and take official action.
"Without your intervention," the letter address Adams, "not only will increasing numbers of children come to suffer under this large-scale unethical medical experiment, but also many of us will be coerced to choose between harming some of our most vulnerable patients and leaving clinical practice."
In addition to the American College of Pediatricians, the letter is signed by representatives from the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, the Alliance for Therapeutic Choice and Scientific Integrity, the Catholic Medical Association – and by Dr. Paul McHugh, a former psychiatrist in chief at Johns Hopkins Hospital.