A pediatrician went on a viral rant recently about the dangers of convincing children they are transgender and then prescribing them hormone blockers that prevent them from developing into their born gender.
What did she say?
At a recent Heritage Foundation forum about the topic, Dr. Michelle Cretella went on a lengthy rant about how it is child abuse to indulge children who are gender-confused by helping them "transition" to the gender they think they are.
Chemical castration is what you're doing when you put any biologically normal child on puberty blockers. It's treating puberty like a disease, arresting a normal process which is critical to normal development and bad for kids.
Sterilization: not good for kids. Prepping them for what will likely result in a case in girls a double mastectomy at 16 — not how you treat depression or anxiety and I have plenty of experience treating teenagers with depression, anxiety, even suicidal depression. Indoctrinating pre-school kids with the lie that you can be trapped in the wrong body, again, that's disrupting their normal reality testing and cognitive development. Those things are abusive.
As to the studies, there are two that I am aware of that claim affirming your child's gender confusion is good for them. Number one, it assumes that coaching a child into a fixed-false belief is mentally healthy. Science doesn't allow you to assume your conclusion. Number two, those studies are extremely small. Number three, those studies are very short term. And number four, the control group of "mentally healthy children" are the siblings, most of them are siblings of the trans-identifying child. Oh, and there's a number five, the parents were the ones evaluating the mental health of the children.
This is not science...I don't think you need to have an M.D. or a Ph.D to know that's not science — that's ideology masquerading as science.
Watch this pediatrician shut down leftists on giving puberty blockers to children with gender dysphoria. pic.twitter.com/xHmGMx9d8N— Heritage Foundation (@Heritage) October 13, 2017
Who is Cretella?
Cretella is a pediatrician who serves as the president of the American College of Pediatricians. She is very outspoken about the dangers of letting kids believe they are transgender and calls the cultural problem "large-scale child abuse."