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Mommy, I Want to Change My Sex
A shocking new trend is surfacing among children. They are seeking sex-changing treatment.
Gender identity disorder (GID), a psychological diagnosis given to individuals that feel a strong identification to the opposite sex, is now being given to some children who feel they were born as the wrong gender. Dr. Norman Spack, the director at Children’s Hospital Boston, which is one of the nation’s first gender identity medical clinics, and the author of three published reports on this topic, advocates and treats children who wish to be the opposite sex. Spack encourages children with gender identity disorder to seek treatment, which includes taking puberty-blocking drugs at the first signs of puberty. These drugs, taken as an injection, cost $1000 a month, and can have serious side effects, including blood clots and cancer, however Spack says the doses he gives children are “safe”. The benefit of starting the drugs earlier is to allow the development of breasts in boys transitioning to girls and keep girls transitioning to boys flat-chested.
Are Children Really Changing Their Sex?
Yes. According to Spack, he sees an average of 19 patients a year, and that is just at one clinic. A Texas doctor has reported an increase in patients, as well as Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, where an 8-year-old second-grader has decided to become a boy, after being born a girl. She told her parents at 18-months that she was a boy and believes that still. Her parents are waiting for the first signs of puberty to start treatment. And there is also the case of “Zachy”, who at age 4 is now the youngest child to be diagnosed with gender identity disorder after suddenly deciding he wanted to live as a girl. His school has even turned the bathroom into a “gender-neutral” area in support of him.
But Should They?
I find it very unsettling that doctors and parents are promoting and exposing children to drugs that are known to cause blood clots and cancer. Is it really that important for the children to begin these drugs at such a young age? How do we know for sure that these kids aren’t just going through a phase? As a mom of three kids, I can attest that they go through phases and want to be and do different things at various ages.
I’m not disputing that gender identity disorder exists, or the choice that adults with this diagnosis make to permanently change to the opposite sex. But I take issue with children, who have not matured mentally, emotionally, or physically, being exposed to potent drugs that can alter their physiology, and lead to unknown long-term effects.
Are They Mentally and Emotionally Ready?
These kids do not, and cannot understand the full impact of their decisions. Research has found that executive function (the ability to control and coordinate one’s thoughts and behaviors) is the last area of the brain to develop. Certain areas of the brain haven’t even fully developed by the time puberty has begun (and continues to mature through at least age 30). Yet, some doctors think it is acceptable to give children life-altering drugs because they “want” them.
The truth is that it's possible these kids have GID, and parents may need to address ways to help the emotional and psychological effects of that, but there are non-invasive ways to do this. Let kids grow up mentally, emotionally, and physically, and then when they are at a legal age to make such a decision, they can choose to live as who and what they want.
What do you think? Should children be allowed to change their sexual identity?