America Should Follow Europe’s Example To Protect Children

Towards the end of December, the Supreme Court of Texas chose to hear the custody issue of James Younger, a youngster from Texas whose mom maintains the boy identifies as a female.

Jeff Younger, the boy’s father, insists his youngster is a male. Should Jeff Younger lose custody of his son, the youngster will be exposed to genital mutilation surgery so his mother can raise him as a female.

Drastic Rise in Gender Confusion

In recent times, the amount of American adolescents aged 13 to 17 who consider themselves as the opposite gender or non-binary has increased dramatically.

The dramatic increase coincides with a global and national discussion over the appropriate standard of care for the treatment of gender dysphoria in children.

Some European nations utilized an experimental approach tested in the Netherlands and known as “gender-affirming care.”

Youngsters who indicate dissatisfaction with their sexuality are treated with puberty blockers, wrong-sex hormones, and surgery under this experimental method.

Despite the lack of proof that hormonal and surgical alterations to a kid’s biology promote mental health, there is rising evidence of irreversible physical harm, like bone density loss, increased illness risk, and infertility.

Acknowledging the failure of the “gender-affirming” method to yield better outcomes — and prompted by the legal case of a 16-year-old girl who was recommended puberty-blocking substances — nations like Sweden, Finland, and England have turned away these dubious protocols.

After a careful examination of credible research, these nations have determined the hazards of “gender-affirming care” significantly exceed the possible benefits.

Rather, they are going back to psychological and psychiatric care as the preliminary step for addressing gender uncertainty in youngsters a strategy recognized as “watchful waiting.”

They note that gender dysphoria in adolescents may be a “transient phase” that shouldn’t be mismanaged with drastic, life-altering medications or surgeries.

Nationally, in the United States, “gender-affirming treatment” is promoted as the only appropriate level of care.

Some jurisdictions depend on the advice of the World Professional Association of Transgender Health (WPATH), which isn’t a medical organization, but rather an ideologically motivated lobbying organization.

Trusted health organizations, such as the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), encourage “gender-affirming care” with the vast majority of its members promoting more analysis and discussion.

They recognize the absence of evidence-based science and bring up convincing observations that gender dysphoria has been connected to other variables impacting children, such as autism and social contagion.

Teens Normally Desist

Leor Sapir, a member at the Manhattan Institute, described the current situation as “exceptionalism” for “gender-affirming care,” excluding organizations from the usual medical requirement that any suggested methods be supported by actual evidence.

The best research reveals between 61-98% of teens will cease to identify as the opposite sex if puberty is allowed to occur naturally.

This article appeared in The Patriot Brief and has been published here with permission.