American College of Pediatricians Urges Surgeon General to Investigate Medical Transgendering of Children

The American College of Pediatricians was joined today by the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, the Catholic Medical Association, and the Alliance for Therapeutic Choice in urging the Surgeon General of the United States, Dr. Jerome Adams, to issue a call to action regarding transgender medical interventions for children. The full letter may be read here.

Dr. Cretella, executive director of the ACPeds stated, “Harmful hormonal and surgical interventions are being routinely prescribed to gender dysphoric youth in lieu of ethical psychotherapy despite the fact that the vast majority will outgrow their GD if allowed to progress through natural puberty.”

Medical intervention for children with gender dysphoria begins with puberty blockers and is typically followed by the use of toxic cross sex hormones, and the surgical removal of breasts and/or reproductive organs, in addition to cosmetic operations to simulate genitalia of the opposite sex. Girls as young as 13 have received double mastectomies in this country.

Dr. Quentin L. Van Meter, president of the ACPeds explained, “The grave side effects of transgendering include, but are not limited to, sterility, sexual dysfunction, blood clots, strokes, cardiac disease, osteoporosis, malignancy, and persistently elevated rates of suicide. Children and teens do not have the cognitive capacity to fully comprehend these risks.”

The letter requests that the Surgeon General issue an advisory advising children’s health professionals of the serious and irreversible health risks to children and adolescents from medical interventions for gender dysphoria and include these in the Public Health Reports – SAG Journals. It also asks that he call for a meta-analyses of the pertinent psychiatric and medical literature which can be used to determine truly evidence-based standards of care and public policy that will first do no harm.

The American College of Pediatricians is a national medical association of licensed physicians and healthcare professionals who specialize in the care of infants, children, and adolescents. The mission of the College is to enable all children to reach their optimal, physical and emotional health and well-being.

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