Objective psychological problem exists in the mind, not the body
By Agnieszka Krawczynski
The B.C. Catholic
Caption: A pediatrician talks with the mother of a child in an emergency room. CNS photo / Bob Roller.
A group of pediatricians is sounding the alarm about the dangers of what they call gender ideology.
The American College of Pediatricians recently released a report saying children are born biologically male or female, and their gender, or their awareness of being male or female, is a sociological and psychological concept, not a biological one.
"This awareness develops over time and, like all developmental processes, may be derailed by a child's subjective perceptions, relationships, and adverse experiences from infancy forward," states the report, titled "Gender Ideology Harms Children."
"A person's belief that he or she is something they are not is, at best, a sign of confused thinking."
The report identifies this as "gender dysphoria," described in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association as a mental disorder.
The report continues: "When an otherwise healthy biological boy believes he is a girl, or an otherwise healthy biological girl believes she is a boy, an objective psychological problem exists that lies in the mind, not the body, and should be treated as such."
The pediatricians argue that "chemical and surgical impersonation of the opposite sex" is not the right way to help children with gender dysphoria.
They say as many as 98 per cent of boys and 88 per cent of girls with gender dysphoria come to accept their biological sex after puberty.
They also warn that suicide rates among people who use cross-sex hormones and undergo sex reassignment surgery are 20 times as high as in the general population, and that children who use puberty blockers will require hormones in late adolescence that are associated with high blood pressure, blood clots, stroke, and cancer.
"This is institutionalized child abuse at the hands of those pledged to care for our children," Michelle Cretella, ACP president and author of the report, told The B.C. Catholic.
"Gender ideology and so-called transgenderism is merely the continuation of the sexual revolution that began with the contraceptive mentality, meaning the normalization and promotion of all forms of sterile sex as normal and acceptable."
That is an unnatural view of sexuality, she said.
"This revolution has resulted in the complete overthrow of the moral order, the near dissolution of the natural family, and culminated in the denial of the most fundamental reality of human beings as biologically sexed persons: male and female."
Cretella wrote the report after the ACP received too many questions about transgenderism from schools and parent groups to respond to each individually.
The report was reviewed and endorsed by doctor Quentin Van Meter, vice president of the ACP, and Paul McHugh, a professor of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Medical School in Baltimore, before it went online this spring.
A short version of the report is available on the ACP's website; a full version is being peer reviewed and is to be released at the end of June.
Cretella said the report has received an "overwhelmingly positive" response, and she has been invited to discuss the issue with EWTN's Raymond Arroyo June 30.