American College of Pediatricians Say 'Gender Ideology' Is Child Abuse
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The American College of Pediatricians (ACPeds) is urging educators and legislators to reject all policies that condition children to believe that identifying with a gender other than their biological one is beneficial.
Dr. Michelle A. Cretella, president of ACPeds, vice president Dr. Quentin Van Meter, and pediatric endocrinologist Dr. Paul McHigh write that adopting these policies is harmful to a child's well-being and is child abuse.
The organizations of pediatricians and other healthcare professionals derails claims that a child can be born as the wrong gender by citing eight reasons why "gender ideology" instead of treatment is harmful.
"The norm for human design is to be conceived either male or female," they state. "No one is born with a gender. Everyone is born with a biological sex."
The group explains that no one is born aware of their gender. It is a sociological and psychological concept that develops over time but it does not negate your biological sex.
"People who identify as "feeling like the opposite sex" or "somewhere in between" do not comprise a third sex. They remain biological men or biological women."
"A person's belief that he or she is something they are not is, at best, a sign of confused thinking," they added.
"When an otherwise healthy biological boy believes he is a girl, or an otherwise healthy biological girl believes she is a boy, an objective psychological problem exists that lies in the mind not the body, and it should be treated as such," they explain.
The organization also states that prescribing chemical drugs and surgical procedures to stop the physical changes that happen during puberty can damage children.
"Children who use puberty blockers to impersonate the opposite sex will require cross-sex hormones in late adolescence. Cross-sex hormones are associated with dangerous health risks including but not limited to high blood pressure, blood clots, stroke and cancer."
ACPeds says that suicide rates are 20 times higher for those who use cross-sex hormones and that 98 percent of boys and 88 percent of girls eventually accept the reality of who they were born to be.
"Conditioning children into believing a lifetime of chemical and surgical impersonation of the opposite sex is normal and healthful is child abuse," they said.
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