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Backlash Mounts Against Sex Change Operations for Minors

AMAC Exclusive – By Andrew Abbott

Transgender

Shortly after once again securing GOP majorities in both the state House and Senate, Tennessee Republicans announced that their first priority when the legislative session resumes in January will be a bill banning sex change operations and irreversible “gender-affirming” hormone treatment for minors. In recent months, several other states, as well as other countries around the world, have implemented similar policies, delivering a resounding rebuke of supposed “advocates” for transgender children who have pushed for the ever-more radical and unproven treatment of youth who identify as transgender.

For decades, the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) has released “Standards of Care” for individuals identifying as transgender hospitals worldwide. Typically, hospitals go along with whatever WPATH recommends, and liberals have used the Standards of Care to justify the so-called “gender-affirming” treatment of minors.

While WPATH’s recommendations were always scientifically dubious at best, they have become increasingly radical over the past decade. In 2011, the only surgeries for minors that the “Standards of Care Version 7” recommended were double mastectomies (removing healthy breast tissue from young girls).

That policy was bad enough. In the Standards of Care Version 8, released on September 6 of this year, however, things got much worse. The guidelines removed any age limits for children to be given puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, or even sex reassignment surgeries like phalloplasties and vaginoplaties. The guidelines do not describe gender confusion, or gender dysphoria, as a mental illness, even though evidence indicates that 94 percent of children who are confused about their gender eventually grow out of it. The guidelines also make no mention of the fact that hormone treatment often causes permanent infertility (many of the “puberty blockers” given to minors are the same drugs used to chemically castrate sex offenders).

Transgender activists and doctors have long insisted that such treatments and procedures are only ever performed on individuals who are 18 or older, despite clear evidence to the contrary. Last month, for example, conservative podcaster and Daily Wire host Matt Walsh raised the alarm about Vanderbilt University Medical Center performing irreversible and dangerous sex change operations on minors. Shortly after the revelations went viral, Vanderbilt paused all operations on children under 18 and scrubbed its website of all mention of the surgeries.

Many elected Democrats and left-wing activists have insisted that banning gender surgery and puberty blockers for minors is an affront to the so-called “affirmative care model” of transgender health. This line of thinking asserts that once a child, at any age, declares themselves to be transgender or “non-binary,” or even does something to indicate that they might be in the “wrong” body (such as a boy playing with dolls or a girl playing with action figures) their parents, mental health experts, and medical professionals should all accept and encourage this identity without challenge. Furthermore, this model of care stipulates that drugs like puberty blockers, hormones, and testosterone injections should be administered early enough to delay or outright reverse the effects of puberty. In practice, this means that children will undergo irreversible treatment starting as young as nine years old.

Throughout most of the Western world, countries are rejecting this idea and reversing the course on “gender-affirming care” for children. In July, England’s National Health Service shut down its only “youth gender clinic” in the country and is shifting from the “affirmative care” model to more comprehensive care that emphasizes therapy first. Germany, Norway, and Ireland are all limiting access to hormone therapy drugs for minors. This year, Sweden announced it would not give puberty blockers to children under 18 and, alongside Finland, will prioritize therapy for trans-identifying children and discourage drug interventions for individuals under 25.

The fact that these countries – many of which are typically far more liberal than the United States – are moving away from “gender-affirming” treatments should be a warning sign for Americans on both sides of the political aisle. Yet more and more children are seeking life-altering surgery and drugs, while elected Democrats are pushing harder and harder for even fewer limits on the practice. In September, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a bill that would allow “legal refuge” to children who want to undergo sex change surgery but reside in a state that does not allow the practice.

As more evidence emerges about just how dangerous these procedures are, doctors who raise the alarm are increasingly being silenced by organizations like the American College of Pediatrics. In the aforementioned Vanderbilt case, doctors were warned that there would be “consequences” if they refused to perform the surgeries.

Already, we are starting to see the disastrous effects of the left’s gender-affirming care model. A woman in Sydney, Australia, for example, is suing her psychiatrist for medical malpractice after recommending she begin hormone treatment after one meeting and a recommending double mastectomy after only her second meeting. Within three years of the first meeting with her psychiatrist, she had hormone treatment, testosterone injections, a double mastectomy, and a complete hysterectomy. In the lawsuit, the woman claims the psychiatrist “failed to take precautions…in the nature of loss of her breasts, uterus, fallopian tubes and ovaries.”

More than five percent of Americans aged 18-29 say they identify as a sex other than the one they were “assigned” at birth – a nearly five-fold increase from the number of 30-49-year-old Americans who say the same. Given trends among Gen Z, it’s likely that number will grow exponentially in the years ahead. With evidence already mounting that many of the young people who undergo sex change treatment as minors come to regret it as adults, the country could soon have a crisis of tens of thousands of disaffected young people who are filled with remorse for the rest of their lives – all because they were allowed to make decisions that they were nowhere near mature or informed enough to make.

A society that fails to protect its children is one that is doomed to fail. In the coming years, Republicans and any Democrats willing to stand up to the trans lobby would do well to ensure that puberty and physical development is allowed to occur naturally for every child and that life-altering decisions are reserved for when individuals mature into adulthood, no sooner.

Andrew Abbott is the pen name of a writer and public affairs consultant with over a decade of experience in DC at the intersection of politics and culture.


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Art
24 days ago

Sex changes operations and other treatments are being alleged to be OK in this country that screamed foul at the exposure of genital mutilation in some other countries. What a a bunch of hypocrites.

Granny26
24 days ago

Should be illegal everywhere to perform a sex change operation on any minor.

Cathryn Pindzola
24 days ago

I saw a video, I’m sorry I don’t remember who did it, but his comment was along the lines of “When I was a child, I really wanted to be a pirate. I’m so glad that my parents didn’t cut off my leg and make a wooden peg-leg for me or put out an eye so that I had to wear an eye-patch.” They understood that I would not always want to be a pirate.
So, in the same way, parents should not blindly allow their children to make these “gender changing” decisions. This is what a parent should do- the parent is supposedly wiser and more experienced than the child.

anna hubert
24 days ago

Might these minors be unstable,have major mental problems,trying to attract attention not realizing the permanent damage?Procedures or this nature should not be encouraged or be so available What happens when the person realizes this is not what they wanted after all and where are the adults in the minors lives

JES
24 days ago

There are at least four classifications of groups that are successfully marketing the trans agenda.
(1) Government: The Biden administration and virtually the entire Democrat Party (at both the federal and state level) believe that gender-affirming policy and using our tax dollars to sexually groom kids is a good thing. However, the data proves the opposite is true.
(2) Educators: Our education system is on the front lines with many new woke teachers who will actively influence K-12 students to accept gender-affirming measures and are willing to keep it a secret from parents. However, there are many more players than woke schoolteachers inside the educational system helping to hypersexualize our children. The No Left Turn in Education organization has identified an extremely disturbing web of powerful organizations involved. This is obviously a well-funded, multi-headed monster that will be difficult to defeat.
(3) Opportunists: Follow the money. Our ethically challenged healthcare and Big Pharma are actively promoting it despite knowing it is impossible to change a person’s true sex because it is determined at the cellular level. They also actively suppress scientific evidence that transitioning underage children does more harm than good, particularly as involves suicide.
(4) Media: Positive media coverage is known to increase referrals to gender clinics. This type of marketing is supplied constantly by the compliant legacy media, the arts and entertainment industry, and social media. Whereas it may be easier to control media propaganda in a totalitarian regime, a closed K-12 or college setting can be as effective. All of these media influencers zealously suppress any negative information that questions the narrative. Freedom of speech is their most feared enemy.

Mike Ferri
24 days ago

It is truly a sick thing for anyone who calls themselves a parent to force their children, who are NOT of the age of reason, to go under the knife of mutilation to ruin a perfectly healthy, working body. Stats have proven that 80% of them outgrow these proclivities and live normal lives. The vast majority of those who have this forced upon them are mentally damaged, will have no kids, and fall into the much higher suicide bracket. Where’s the gain in that?

Philip Hammersley
24 days ago

Just a few days ago, the National Health Service of Great Britain ( a socialist outfit) put a hold of trans surgeries and hormones for kids. They correctly pointed out the TRUE SCIENCE that the vast majority of kids outgrow these feelings by the end of their teen years. This coincides with similar studies in Sweden and Holland who are (depending on how you look at it) far ahead of the US on these issues!

irene
25 days ago

all of you who were force into this procedures etc should sue all the medical people involved, the drug companies, your parents if they were involved and government officials as well. lawyers, here is a chance to do some good and get as class action suit against all of these people. they were in it for money only, so that this idol that they seem to worship over their oath to do no harm away from them

VikkiC
25 days ago

Backlash, my foot!!! It should be a tsunami of disgust, because these perverts are disgusting!! All God-fearing folks in EVERY state should be contacting their state and federal congressional and senate representatives to protest!! These perverts are few in number with big mouths…time for the moral majority to rise up…

Elaine
25 days ago

There are only 2 genders, male and female.

The transgender are wannabes and are not able to reproduce. If all become transgender then the human race can be extinct in one generation.

Brian J Blaney
25 days ago
Reply to  Elaine

Don’t forget that they are going to be cloning humans before to long, praying for Christ’s return.

Richard
25 days ago

Disgusting, beginning to beleive that some democrat politicians have ulterior motives for advancing this unbelievable treatment for our children. Perversion comes to mind

michael
25 days ago

Liberal is a mental disorder.

Ricardoh
25 days ago

It is criminal. Pure criminal. Nothing else. Anyone who does should be locked up.

sharon
26 days ago

Sex change surgery on children is despicable. To see what is done during this surgery is horrifying. Parents and medical professionals that continue to push this on naive, immature young people need to be held accountable. The kids are confused and easily influenced. Pharmaceutical companies are profiting immensely from hormone blockers and other drugs that these kids will have to take for the rest of their lives. Gender dysphoria is mental illness and should be treated as such.

Hal-
26 days ago
Reply to  sharon

More than despicable … downright perverted. If an adult makes a personal decision for this type of surgery, IMO they are nuts, but they have the right to do so. But for subadults, it is just plain perverted to allow it. Put maybe it fits well with DemocRat Party policy goals????

Jud
25 days ago
Reply to  Hal-

The whole agenda is so wrong. If they want to go trans it’s fine. Just leave out the kids!!

Kevin Griggs
26 days ago

So we are letting 5% of the population bully the remaining 95% of the population?
What on earth is their reasoning on working so hard to mentally and physically maim confused CHILDREN ?

Nick
26 days ago

When Republicans focus their campaigns on this BS, Democrats win seats. So please go ahead.

Hal-
26 days ago
Reply to  Nick

You espouse normal DemocRat Party strategy!

Sharon
25 days ago
Reply to  Hal-

I don’t understand where Nick is going with his comments other than trying to demonize Republicans instead of focusing on what the article is really about.

Sharon
25 days ago
Reply to  Nick

Protecting kids is BS?

Nick
25 days ago
Reply to  Sharon

No, I’m sorry. Shouldn’t have minimized the importance. Please please PLEASE make your single issue as a voter “drag queen spelling bees” or whatever.

Philip Hammersley
24 days ago
Reply to  Nick

Now collect your fee from Soros, the Nazi-loving atheist!

Deborah
27 days ago

I have to wonder if any of the people on their high moral stand have ever talked to a transgender person or the family/parents of a transgender person. We are conservative individuals who have dealt with the suicide attempt of a child who did not feel they were in the correct body. Our child spent many years in therapy before we decided to look into hormone therapies. I cannot speak for everyone but this was not a snap decision for our family and I find it hard to believe anyone just says, oh my child feels like a girl/boy today let’s go get a sex change. I am increasingly disappointed that Americans of all political persuasions feel they know what is best for everyone else. When will we let people be people. I don’t think we should be pushing LGBT thought down anyone’s throats but I also don’t believe that if others, such as teachers, want to be available as support to someone struggling with LGBT issues anyone should deny that. How would you feel if your child committed suicide because they were so distraught over being thought of as wrong. It is a difficult subject sometimes to discuss differences but if my 96 year old grandmother could be accepting of LGBT family members I’m pretty sure society could be too. You don’t have to like everything but that doesn’t mean we should legislate against everything we don’t like. Be kind to people and they will be kind to you.

Doodlebug
24 days ago
Reply to  Deborah

I do not think most people are against other people having trans surgery…once they are adults. As for myself I think it is abhorrent for a child (age matters) to undergo the irreversible surgery. While I appreciate your position within your own family I would ask how old was your child when you decided to start their process? No one wants to lose someone to suicide but there are many many cases of suicide post surgery. Life just doesn’t magically become “all better”. Now we are reading about many people that regret completely having transitioned and are going through procedures to reverse what they now see as having horribly damaged themselves. Within my own family there is more than one that was “lesbian” or “gay” or “bisexual” that no longer see themselves as such.
if your child has done well with their transition that’s good but a great many have not.

Sharon
24 days ago
Reply to  Deborah

I seriously doubt gender affirmation surgery being done on children will ever be accepted by most of us, especially if they take the time to read up on what the surgery entails. We need competent, well trained therapists and support groups for these kids, not surgeons, until they are older and mature enough to fully understand what will be done to their bodies and their minds.

David Millikan
27 days ago

Sex changes for minors or anyone is DISGUSTING. And without PARENTS APPROVAL is MORE DISGUSTING and FASCISM.
I do NOT pay taxes for FASCIST liberals politically motivated sex changes so they can get more votes.
PARENTS FIGHT BACK AGAINST THIS
UNGODLY ACT.

Sue
26 days ago
Reply to  David Millikan

With You there, not old enough to dot their i’s or cross there t’s.

Tom
27 days ago

Hitler said”give me the children and I will rule the world”. I can believe that statement. Doctors license can be revoked and should be. A five year old child forced to live all his/her life with a mistake. Elijah went down to the river and came back alone. Let’s stop this madness , a girl is a girl and a boy is a boy.Let’s work to improve. life by disease control and good health with quality food and medicine. IMO

Sue
26 days ago
Reply to  Tom

Agreed

Laura
27 days ago

It’s all a money grab. They want to mess the kids up before legitimate doctors diagnose an underlying psychological issue and steal away their business. And it’s a lot like what the pro abortion people are doing. Get to the women before they have that ultrasound. Otherwise they loose their business as well. In the meantime the woke radical leftists (sadly, including our current President), are trying to mess up the next generation to make it easier to continue to exert control over them and us. We need God! Hopefully, the Republicans and moderate Democrats can handcuff Mr. Biden in the next two years until the next presidential election. I would love a DeSantis/Trump ticket!

Sue
27 days ago
Reply to  Laura

Agree with all of this 100%!

Sue
26 days ago
Reply to  Laura

Dang, hit it in nail head.

VikkiC
24 days ago
Reply to  Laura

I don’t believe DeSantis and Trump would get along…they are both strong personalities, with their own way of doing things…The presidential ticket needs a leader and a follower. Two leaders would never work.

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