Parents of gender-confused kids demand investigation of gov’t-funded study on puberty blockers

Building 45 Natcher, home of the NIH Visitor Center and Nobel Laureate Exhibit Hallin Bethesda, Md., May 24, 2012. | (Photo: Courtesy of the National Institutes of Health)

The Christian Post. Parents whose children were harmed by the medicalization of gender, specifically puberty-blocking drugs, cross-sex hormones and surgical interventions, are asking the Surgeon General to increase public awareness of the dangers of these irreversible medical practices.

A nonpartisan group called the Kelsey Coalition delivered on Friday a strongly-worded petition asking U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams to raise awareness about the harms of hormonal treatments and gender reassignment surgeries being performed on gender-nonconforming youth. These treatments and procedures are being done without one long-term study backing their safety or efficacy, they say.

“Parents who consent to these treatments are often misled to believe that their child will be at greater risk of suicide if they do not. There is no evidence to support this claim. In Oregon, parental consent is irrelevant: the law allows 15-year-olds to receive state-subsidized hormonal treatments and surgeries without parental knowledge or permission,” the petition says. The petition also highlights concerns about the hastiness with which these medical and surgical pathways are being opened up to young people.

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