Pediatricians Call Youth Transgenderism 'Child Abuse'
The American College of Pediatricians reaffirmed the biological differences between men and women and condemned the idea of teaching kids early on that gender identity is fluid as "child abuse." In a preliminary statement released on Monday, the group of over 400 pediatricians nationwide listed eight points explaining their position scientifically.
Perhaps the most compelling is the last point, where the organization unequivocally condemned miseducating young people (emphasis theirs):
Conditioning children into believing a lifetime of chemical and surgical impersonation of the opposite sex is normal and healthful is child abuse. Endorsing gender discordance as normal via public education and legal policies will confuse children and parents, leading more children to present to “gender clinics” where they will be given puberty-blocking drugs. This, in turn, virtually ensures that they will “choose” a lifetime of carcinogenic and otherwise toxic cross-sex hormones, and likely consider unnecessary surgical mutilation of their healthy body parts as young adults.
In the past few years, books and TV shows promoting transgenderism have been targeted toward children and young adults, with the goal of reaching people before they are old enough to question the ideology of self-described gender. This is to say nothing of Bruce "Call Me Caitlyn" Jenner, the former Olympic athlete turned transgender icon. The American College of Pediatricians seeks to reverse this trend, and has data to back up their objections to it. "Facts -- not ideology -- determine reality," the statement declares.
Here are the eight points made by the college, in plain language:
1. Humans are male and female, biologically.
Science is straightforward about this: a person's DNA either has two "X" chromosomes or one "X" and one "Y". These are "genetic markers of health -- not genetic markers of a disorder." Scientifically, human sexuality is "binary by design" with the aim of reproduction. Disorders of sex development (DSDs) are "rightly recognized as disorders," and those who suffer from them "do not constitute a third sex."
2. Gender is not objective, but sex is.
The college defines gender as an awareness of being male or female. This awareness develops over time and may be derailed by various life events. People who "feel like the opposite sex" do not compromise a third sex, but remain biologically male or female. No matter what their stated gender identity, they cannot escape sexual reality, and to think that they can is a delusion.
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