“There is no objective test to diagnose this, yet we are giving very harmful therapies on the basis of no objective diagnosis.”
Medical doctors and the mother of a trans-identifying child urged the government to shut down medical operations they claim are harming children during a panel discussion last week.
The panel, hosted by the conservative Heritage Foundation, discussed efforts to resist the medicalization of gender, which they say includes government-funded research that allows sex hormones such as testosterone to be given to girls as young as eight.
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According to panelist Dr. Michael Laidlaw, hormonal treatments and surgical interventions performed on young patients are detrimental to their long-term health. Nevertheless, doctors who administer these treatments are lobbying to be allowed to perform them on increasingly younger children.
Laidlaw explained that cases of girls as young as thirteen and fourteen undergoing double mastectomies, and the use of puberty blockers causing underdeveloped penises in 17-year-old boys, are not uncommon today.
Using “gender identity” as a justification, children as young as eight are receiving injections for gender transition treatment, Laidlaw said.
Laidlaw pointed to a recent court case, which found the “primary factor” in determining “gender identity” was the person’s “core internal sense” of their gender, not their biology. Laidlaw, a California endocrinologist, argued that this is false.
According to Laidlaw, blood tests, genetic testing, and brain imaging scans cannot determine a person’s “gender identity.”
“There is no objective test to diagnose this, yet we are giving very harmful therapies on the basis of no objective diagnosis,” Laidlaw said.
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Laidlaw explained that young children are being given hormone blockers such as Lupron, a drug normally used to treat prostate cancer, to block normal puberty, despite the drug not having gone through an FDA approval process for such a treatment. Laidlaw said puberty blockers are a form of “chemical conversion therapy,” and are now being recommended to gender dysphoric youth at the earliest stages of puberty.
The treatments can have disastrous consequences for youths, Laidlaw claimed and cited the case of transgender reality TV star Jazz Jennings as an example.
In a 2017 episode of “I Am Jazz,” Jennings, 16-years-old at the time, claimed to have never experienced sexual sensations or orgasm.
“I haven’t experienced any sexual sensations,” Jennings said on the episode. On the subject of orgasm, Jennings said she “hasn’t experienced it.”
Laidlaw said the likely reason is because Jennings’ natural puberty was halted at an early stage and was not allowed to occur. He added that the puberty-blocking drugs also put youth at greater future risk for osteoporosis due to the disruption of normal brain and bone development.
At one point in the presentation, Laidlaw played a video of two doctors active in the medical transitioning of children, Ilana Sherer and Johanna Olson-Kennedy.
Sherer explains in the video that puberty blockers are given to children as young as eight or nine.
Olson-Kennedy, who has has received a $5.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to conduct a study on gender transition, can be seen in the video insisting children have the ability to make life-altering decisions, including having their breasts removed.
“And here’s the other thing about chest surgery: If you want breasts at a later point in your life, you can go and get them,” Olson-Kennedy says in the video.
“Is that correct?” Laidlaw asks the audience in attendance. “Can you just get a new organ, mail-order it and have surgeons put it in? You cannot.”
“This whole thing is an experiment on children,” Laidlaw continued. “We are ignoring the voices of desisters and people who have come out of this and recognize their sex. And the NIH is allowing unethical research to be conducted on adolescents, in my opinion.”
Through a Freedom of Information Act request, Laidlaw was able to obtain more information about Olson-Kennedy’s study at Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles, learning that the hospital lowered the age required from hormone treatment from 13 to 8.
“Imagine giving 8-year-old girls testosterone,” Laidlaw said. “They are in 3rd or 4th grade. This is unbelievable. But this is going on.”
During the panel, a mother of a trans-identifying child, “Elaine,” also spoke out against the controversial treatments.
“It’s not acceptable for doctors to remove healthy limbs from children. So why is it acceptable for doctors to remove healthy reproductive organs from children?” she asked the audience.
“The ‘experts’ tell parents that it is harmful to question their children’s beliefs,” she continued. “They must support their children’s medical transition, which includes a lifetime dependence on hormones, and that if parents do not comply, their children will be at higher risk of suicide.”
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