Pediatrician: Pushing Transgender Ideology On Kids Is Child Abuse

A top American Pediatrician says transgender ideology has "infiltrated" her field, and is responsible for "large scale child abuse" for what it's teaching children and parents.  This ideology has proliferated in America during the previous presidential term.

"Just a few short years ago, not many could have imagined a high-profile showdown over transgender men and women's access to single-sex bathrooms in North Carolina," Michelle Cretella, M.D., president of the American College of Pediatricians, wrote in a commentary for The Daily Signal on July 3, 2017.

"But transgender ideology is not just infecting our laws.  It is intruding into the lives of the most innocent among us — children — and with the apparent growing support of the professional medical community," she added.

Cretella referred to her 2016 peer reviewed article, "Gender Dysphoria in Children and Suppression of Debate," which warned that professionals who speak out against gender transition therapy for children find themselves "maligned and out of a job."

The American College of Pediatricians president said that doctors once treated gender identity issues as a mental illness, but now many in the medical community promote transgenderism as "normal."

Among them, she notes studies that prove that no one is born "trapped in the body of the wrong sex," and that puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones carry dangerous health risks.

"Today's institutions that promote transition affirmation are pushing children to impersonate the opposite sex, sending many of them down the path of puberty blockers, sterilization, the removal of healthy body parts, and untold psychological damage," she added, insisting that all this creates "institutionalized child abuse."

Earlier in June a separate report written by three well-respected medical experts and scholars also questioned decisions that place children under "radical" and "experimental" puberty-blocking hormone therapy.

"Psychologists do not understand what causes gender dysphoria in children and adolescents, or how to distinguish reliably between children who will only temporarily express feelings of being the opposite sex from children whose gender dysphoria will be more persistent," states the report, titled Growing Pains: Problems With Puberty Suppression in Treating Gender Dysphoria, published by quarterly journal The New Atlantis.

"Until much more is known about gender dysphoria, and until controlled clinical trials of puberty suppression are carried out, this intervention should be considered experimental," it adds.

The experts further warned that regardless of good intentions by physicians and parents, "to expose young people to such treatments is to endanger them."