LifeSiteNews 29 April 2016
Family First Comment: More experts willing to stand up and tell the truth and warn parents. “Identifying one’s gender as different from one’s biological sex is a disorder very much like anorexia, the doctors explain. And as with anorexics, the job of parents, doctors, and teachers is “not to uncritically approve” their disordered thinking “but to help them recognize the source of such confusion and to reaffirm and help re-align their ‘assigned’ sexual gender with their perceived identity.””
The Alberta government’s new guidelines promoting transgenderism in the province’s schools have not only sparked a parental revolt, they have triggered a stinging rebuke from two medical professors at the University of Alberta, who call the them “incredibly misguided,” “reckless,” and “dangerous” to the youth involved. The two U of A professors are Dr. Blaine Achen, MD, FRCPS, FASE, associate clinical professor in Department of Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine, and Dr. Theodore K. Fenske, MD, FRCPC, FCCP, FACC, clinical professor of medicine, as well as staff cardiologist at the C.K. Hui Heart Centre. In a paper published on the Alberta Parents for Choice in Education website, they dissect and eviscerate the New Democratic government’s recently released “Guidelines for Best Practices: Creating Learning Environments that respect Diverse Sexual Orientations, Gender Identities and Gender Expressions” with surgical precision.
…. The first premise the experts demolish is the assumption that a child’s so-called “self-identification” cannot be questioned but is the “sole measure of an individual’s sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.” On the contrary, explain the professors, gender is a social construct based on “subjective perceptions, relationships, and adverse experiences from infancy onward,” and as such is the rightful subject of psychotherapy and family therapy when it differs from biological reality. Identifying one’s gender as different from one’s biological sex is a disorder very much like anorexia, the doctors explain. And as with anorexics, the job of parents, doctors, and teachers is “not to uncritically approve” their disordered thinking “but to help them recognize the source of such confusion and to reaffirm and help re-align their ‘assigned’ sexual gender with their perceived identity.”
Following the guidelines for pre-pubescent transgender youth could also lead to death. The first step would be the injection of pre-pubescent youth with hormone blockers that “have been associated with dangerous health risks including vascular disease and cancer.” If the child, with the encouragement of the school system, follows this up in teenage years with “potentially carcinogenic” cross-gendered hormones to develop the outward appearance of the opposite sex, they ultimately could undergo “unnecessary surgical mutilation”—i.e., castration for boys and mastectomies for girls. But such irreversible treatments frequently do not achieve the desired result but lead to much higher suicide rates, and for the survivors, the lifetime use of “these toxic and potentially carcinogenic cross-sex hormones” to maintain their transgender appearance. Given how dangerous this “trajectory” is, the doctors argue, it is exceedingly unwise, if not illegal, for the guidelines to require the parents be kept in the dark about their children’s gender dysphoria. They cite the American Psychiatric Association’s treatment protocols in devastating detail to underline how “illogical” and counter indicated the Alberta government’s approach is. “Nowhere else in medicine, other than gender identity and sexuality, is such a reckless stance taken or practiced presently,” state the doctors.
… the doctors deal with the most controversial aspect of the guidelines, the requirement that trans youth be allowed to use the school washrooms and change rooms of their choice. This, state the doctors, “places other children in vulnerable, and potentially dangerous, spaces.” “Our particular concern is for young girls who, if such a document were implemented, would be forced to share a washroom or changing facility with their male counterparts. … The feelings of a boy who thinks he’s a girl should not trump the privacy rights and the feelings of girls who don’t want to share their change room with a boy.”
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