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OPINION

The Evils of 'Gender-Affirming' Care

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Gender dysphoria cases, specifically in children ages 6-17, have spiked nearly double from 2020 to 2021 alone. The issue that we are facing now is medical professionals, such as doctors and therapists, who are put in place to protect children, are spreading this propaganda that all gender dysphoria has one root cause: being born in the wrong body and that there is one solution to this: complete gender transition. 

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This supposed “cause” does not account for any other potential internal or external factors within the child’s life, and this “treatment” does nothing but harm the child. According to the Office of Population Affairs, “gender-affirming care is a supportive form of healthcare. It consists of various services that may include medical, surgical, mental health, and non-medical services for transgender and nonbinary people.” As adults, we know that children are the most impressionable, and instead of protecting their innocence, adults are using their positions of power to exploit this vulnerability. Throughout my teenage years, I would babysit for extra cash, and some of the children I would watch would say the craziest and most imaginative things– because they’re kids and have no real grasp on the conception of reality. I, even as a teenager, would never play into these delusions. So why are adults playing into a child’s delusion of self? 

That when a child is experiencing gender dysphoria, their feeling is valid, that they were somehow a mistake and born in the wrong body, and that the only way to fix it is through stopping their body’s natural and healthy development through puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, and experimental surgery. Mainstream media tends to push out stories of individuals who have transitioned, but we rarely hear about the individuals who have chosen to de-transition and whose lives and bodies have been permanently ruined. A new documentary, “Affirmation Generation,” details the tragic testimonies of those who have transitioned. After trying to watch the video on Vimeo, I realized Vimeo had removed it. I then went to their Twitter page @2022affirmation to try and access the DropBox link to the documentary, which it was also not accessible from there. Why? What is there to hide?

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 I’ve heard countless stories of doctors and therapists who, after a first-time appointment with a child dealing with gender dysphoria, will prescribe them cross-sex hormones as treatment. Let’s be realistic, any doctor, therapist, or medical professional in general-- that prescribes pharmaceutical drugs and experimental surgeries to a child knowing, and even those not being aware, of the long-term effects of prescribing drugs and surgeries that will permanently alter, damage, and sterilize their bodies are not medical professionals– they’re drug dealers. The Hippocratic Oath states that all medical students must take pledges to “prescribe only beneficial treatments, according to his abilities and judgments, to refrain from causing harm or hurt." This sounds nothing on par with the horror that is “gender-affirming” care. The term “gender-affirming care” in it itself is misleading. 

True care for children struggling and experiencing gender dysphoria would be proper therapy and affirming who they currently are as individuals. The same people who scream for “love and acceptance” seem to have no issue with changing the gender of a child and who God created them to be. The entire premise behind “gender-affirmation” is the infliction of fear, especially upon parents–that if you as a parent do not affirm your child’s identity that they are going to either commit suicide or be at very high risk for suicide and it's going to be "all your fault." This is nothing short of intimidation tactics and lies. Individuals who did transition were found to have suicide rates 19X higher than the average person, but no one wants to talk about that. The biggest reason we have this rising issue of gender dysphoria in children is because of creepy adults obsessed with the sexualization of children. 

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Of course, the people who have already lived their lives experiencing love and relationships and built a career for themselves, most even getting married and having kids, are ruining the possibility of children having these same experiences. Above all, God is perfect and makes no mistakes. True affirmation affirms a child’s identity of who God created them to be rather than entertaining the idea they were a mistake and created in the wrong body. The Bible is explicitly clear on how God feels about people who harm children and steer them down the wrong path.“But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and drowned in the depth of the sea.”

● Matthew 18:6

“Gender-affirming care” is beyond evil– it is wicked, a generational sterilization, a medical atrocity, and one of the worst human rights abuses against children in our nation’s history.

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