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Federal Legislators, Physicians Push Back Against Youth Sex Treatment

Bill aims to stop youth sex treatment 

A bill before Congress would make it a federal felony to perform gender-changing surgery and give puberty blockers to minors.

The Protect Children’s Innocence Act (H.R. 8731) was introduced by Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) on August 19 and has five cosponsors.

“I’m introducing a bill, creating a law, causing it to be a Class C felony for any person involved in so-called gender-affirming care—that means gender mutilation surgery, hormones, puberty blockers, anything involving youth under the age of 18—because they’re too young to make these awful decisions that will affect them and will be permanent for the rest of their lives,” said Greene in a statement.

Hospital Clinics in Spotlight

At least privately, pediatricians are pushing back against medical authorities such as the American Academy of Pediatrics that spread radical gender ideology, the Daily Wire reports.

Michelle Cretella, M.D., a pediatrician who speaks out on transgender ideology, says at least 80 of 215 hospitals with pediatric training programs offer sex-change interventions for minors.

One example is the Boston Children’s Hospital’s Gender Clinic, which drew national attention in August for providing double mastectomies and sterilizing surgery to teenagers, among other controversies.

The Boston Children’s Hospital “is not at all unique,” said Cretella.

‘Malthusian Billionaire Elites’

Cretella cites Christopher Rufo, an activist opposed to radical gender ideology, for exposing the fact Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago was encouraging schools to provide sexually explicit gender training material to children as young as 11.

“We are gaslighting [psychologically abusing], diseasing, mutilating, and sterilizing our children,” said Cretella. “We are destroying the mental and physical health of the next generation under the direction of Malthusian billionaire elites.”

Real care for transgendered patients would do the opposite of affirming their identified gender with radical medical treatments, says Cretella.

“Doctors, those in any helping profession, and parents should do what we all used to do: recognize that proclaiming a trans identity is proclaiming a false belief and that [the identity concern] is a cry for help, a sign that there is a mental or emotional problem that needs to be explored and addressed with individual and family psychotherapy,” said Cretella.

Harry Painter (harry@harrypainter.com) writes from Oklahoma.

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AnneMarie Schieber
AnneMarie Schieber
AnneMarie Schieber is a research fellow at The Heartland Institute and managing editor of Health Care News, Heartland's monthly newspaper for health care reform.

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