Puberty blockers yield ‘the most insidious child sterilization programs ever devised,’ doctors say

Nov 4, 2019 by

by Brandon Showalter, Christian Post:

Endocrinologists are pushing back against a recent statement by the Pediatric Endocrine Society which asserts that puberty-blocking drugs are “reversible” and effective at alleviating the distress of “having the wrong puberty.”

The Tuesday statement from the Pediatric Endocrine Society, which was couched in concern for “transgender and gender diverse youth and their families,” spoke against public discourse that delegitimizes self-expressed gender identities. Such negative discourse, the group said, undermines the rights of youth who identify as the opposite sex to express their identity as they wish and to receive “gender-affirming” therapies and medical treatments.

The statement goes on to assert that adolescents “with maturity to understand the consequences of this treatment, can initiate hormone therapy,” and claims that puberty blockers are supported by medical evidence to improve the well-being of persons who self-identify as transgender. Chemical puberty suppression is described as a “reversible treatment that decreases the distress of having the wrong puberty.”

Such claims are patently false, said Michael Laidlaw, an endocrinologist based in Rocklin, California, in a Wednesday interview with The Christian Post. “What these medical societies have created is an institutionalized childhood pathway toward sterility.”

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