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Transgender-affirming ideology is receiving the growing support of the pediatric medical community and has sneaked up on parents and the general American public.
“We are all witness to, whether we realize it or not, an overturning of many decades of pediatric medical consensus on the nature of gender identity. What doctors once treated as a mental illness, the medical community is now largely affirming and even promoting as normal.
Today, parents of a child with gender confusion would be told “This is who your child really is. You must change his name, ensure that everyone treats him as a girl or else he will commit suicide.” (source)
Pediatrician Michelle Cretella should be praised for speaking out. Instead she has been criticized and her words called “hateful interpretation” and “hate speech”. This same article tells us, ” It is time to listen to our young people and help them be who they are.”
Michelle Cretella speaks as someone intimately familiar with the pediatric and behavioral health communities and their practices. She’s a mother of four who served 17 years as a board certified general pediatrician with a focus in child behavioral health prior to leaving clinical practice in 2012. She’s served as a board member and researcher for the American College of Pediatricians as president and on the board of directors for the Alliance for Therapeutic Choice and Scientific Integrity.
Parents, Be Aware & Engaged
As parents, we need to be aware of the rapid changes lest they affect our children and grandchildren – even in what used to be the safety of the pediatrician’s office.
I want to ask: Do you know your pediatrician well enough to know where he or she stands on this issue?
Transgender Pressure: The Growing New Normal
Pediatric “gender clinics” are considered elite centers for affirming children who are distressed by their biological sex. This distressful condition, once dubbed gender identity disorder, was renamed “gender dysphoria” in 2013.
In 2014, there were 24 of these gender clinics, clustered chiefly along the east coast and in California. One year later, there were 40 across the nation.
With 215 pediatric residency programs now training future pediatricians in a transition-affirming protocol and treating gender-dysphoric children accordingly, we will be seeing this in mainstream pediatrician’s offices.
Last summer, the federal government stated that it decided not to require Medicare and Medicaid to cover transition-affirming procedures for children or adults because medical experts at the Department of Health and Human Services found the risks were often too high, and the benefits too unclear.
Undeterred by these findings, the World Professional Association for Transgender Health has pressed ahead, claiming—without any evidence—that these procedures are “safe.”
The American Academy of Pediatrics and the Pediatric Endocrine Society have followed in lockstep. (source)
Transgender Affirming Protocols Are Now In Place In Pediatrician’s Offices
The transition affirming view holds that children who “consistently and persistently insist” that they are not the gender associated with their biological sex are innately transgender.
(The fact that in normal life and in psychiatry, anyone who “consistently and persistently insists” on anything else contrary to physical reality is considered either confused or delusional is conveniently ignored.)
The transition affirming protocol tells parents to treat their children as the gender they desire, and to place them on puberty blockers around age 11 or 12 if they are gender dysphoric.
If by age 16, the children still insist that they are trapped in the wrong body, they are placed on cross-sex hormones, and biological girls may obtain a double mastectomy, without parent’s knowledge or consent!
The transition-affirming approach has been embraced by public institutions in media, education, and our legal system, and is now recommended by most national medical organizations which hold sway over your pediatrician.
There are exceptions to this movement, however, in addition to the American College of Pediatricians and the Alliance for Therapeutic Choice. These include the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, the Christian Medical & Dental Associations, the Catholic Medical Association, and the LGBT-affirming Youth Gender Professionals.
The transgender movement has gained legs in the medical community and in our culture by offering a deeply flawed narrative.
“No” To Tattoos But “Yes” To A Double Mastectomy?
The American Academy of Pediatrics, has recently come out with a report that urges pediatricians to caution teenagers about getting tattoos, because tattoos are essentially permanent and can cause scarring.
But the same AAP (that warns about tattoos) is 110% in support of 16 year-old girls getting a double mastectomy, even without parental consent, so long as the girl insists she is a man and has been taking testosterone daily for one year.
Let’s be clear. To indoctrinate children from preschool forward with the lie that they could be trapped in the wrong body, disrupts the very foundation of a child’s reality testing. If a child can’t trust the reality of their physical bodies, who or what can they trust?
“Transgender ideology in schools, and later in the pediatrician’s office, is psychological abuse that often leads to chemical castration, sterilization and surgical mutilation. If that’s not child abuse, what is?” ~Dr. Michelle Cretella
Do you know where your pediatrician stands? Where the partners in the practice stand?
[Excerpts from Michelle Cretella’s commentary on the Daily Signal]
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