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Doctors Urge Puberty Blockers for Children Considering Sex Change
LifeSiteNews ^ | January 5, 2009 | By Kathleen Gilbert

Posted on 01/06/2009 12:48:04 PM PST by GonzoII

Monday January 5, 2009


Doctors Urge Puberty Blockers for Children Considering Sex Change

By Kathleen Gilbert

CHEVY CHASE, Maryland, January 5, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - An international medical organization has recommended that children as young as 12 who question their sexual identity should be given drugs to block the physical changes of puberty.

The New Scientist reports that the injunction comes as part of a set of guidelines, the first of its kind, published last month by the Endocrine Society.  The “Guidelines For Health Organisations Commissioning Treatment Services For Trans People” call for healthcare administrators around the globe to provide full coverage for hormonal and cosmetic procedures sought by individuals identified as "transsexual."

The doctors project that relatively new puberty-blocking drugs could "buy time" for young teens who may later decide they are unsatisfied with their sex, and thereby avoid undergoing the bodily changes that belong to the sex that they are dissatisfied with.

“We recommend that adolescents who fulfill eligibility and readiness criteria for gender reassignment initially undergo treatment to suppress pubertal development,” New Scientist quoted the guidelines as saying.

The document also noted that children under 16, who would normally need parental consent, ought to be allowed “treatment” against their parents' wishes, if they have been deemed "Gillick" competent by a clinician - referring to the 1985 court case Gillick v West Norfolk and Wisbeach which found that if a child is found to have adequate understanding the requirement of parental consent may be overcome.

The recommendations rest upon the results of trials at a Netherlands clinic where puberty blockers have been administered to more than 70 children under sixteen, with one patient as young as 11.

Currently Canada, Australia, Germany, and some clinics in the U.S. permit the puberty-blocking drugs.  The effects of the drug are designed to wear off should the patient discontinue use, but the long-term effects of chemically delaying puberty are virtually unknown.

Peggy Cohen-Kettenis of the Free University of Amsterdam Medical Center, who helped write the new guidelines, acknowledged that "people are always afraid that it will be harmful for the children," but added that "what they never take into account is that it is also harmful to not give them this treatment."  The document emphasizes that the goal for treatment of such individuals is "to obtain lasting personal comfort in terms of phenotype and gender role."

Dr. Russell Viner of the Institute of Child Health warned that early manipulation of natural development could tamper with a child's maturing self-perception. 

"The real question is: if you intervene early in a young person who would otherwise change their mind, do you reinforce their gender identity disorder? Do you remove the chance for change?" asked Viner.

Bioethicist Wesley Smith told LifeSiteNews.com that encouraging the use of untested chemicals that interfere with normal biological development treads a dangerous line.  "Do we know what the impact of such heavy hormonal interference will be on the health of these young people?" he asked.  "If not, doesn’t this border on unethical human experimentation?"

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KEYWORDS: 2sick4words; childabuse; culturewar; customization; disorders; evil; genderiddisorders; heshe; hesheit; homosexualagenda; madscientists; medical; medicine; mentalhealth; moralabsolutes; parenting; prolife; psyciatry; puberty; shehe; transgendered; vaccines
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"Bioethicist Wesley Smith told LifeSiteNews.com that encouraging the use of untested chemicals that interfere with normal biological development treads a dangerous line."

Is that a fact. /s

1 posted on 01/06/2009 12:48:07 PM PST by GonzoII
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To: wagglebee; narses; little jeremiah

Ping.


2 posted on 01/06/2009 12:49:21 PM PST by GonzoII ("That they may be one...Father")
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To: GonzoII

But still, your kid’s school can’t give ‘em an aspirin without your written permission?


3 posted on 01/06/2009 12:51:04 PM PST by null and void (Amendment 28: Islam is not recognized as an established religion in the United States. ~ farmer18th)
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To: GonzoII

I would suggest a change of schools.


4 posted on 01/06/2009 12:51:24 PM PST by Tarpon (America's first principles, freedom, liberty, market economy and self-reliance will never fail.)
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To: GonzoII

Methinks this belongs on the freak page, not News/Activism.


5 posted on 01/06/2009 12:51:38 PM PST by Jacquerie (Want to die wallowing in your own filth? Support Obamacare.)
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To: GonzoII

Any parent that gives their child that under the age of 18 should be brought up on charges and thrown in jail IMHO.


6 posted on 01/06/2009 12:51:45 PM PST by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: GonzoII

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7 posted on 01/06/2009 12:52:26 PM PST by the invisib1e hand (revolution is in the air.)
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To: GonzoII
Primum non nocere
8 posted on 01/06/2009 12:52:26 PM PST by NonValueAdded (once you get to really know people, there are always better reasons than [race] for despising them.)
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To: GonzoII

How about seeing a shrink?


9 posted on 01/06/2009 12:53:00 PM PST by LukeL (Yasser Arafat: "I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize")
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To: GonzoII

I’m so glad that the international medical community is focused on important issues instead of wasting time preventing communicable diseases and what not. /S


10 posted on 01/06/2009 12:53:17 PM PST by DannyTN
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To: GonzoII

If a kid said he wanted to have his ears cut off you could not find a surgeon who would do it - unethical. A penis is another matter.


11 posted on 01/06/2009 12:53:21 PM PST by DManA
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To: GonzoII
Sheesh, you don't need drugs to stay a child forever--just become a democrat!

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12 posted on 01/06/2009 12:53:21 PM PST by randog (Hope is a bad business plan.)
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To: GonzoII

Pandering to the mentally ill and treating them as if they are not so just because their political illness is considered politically correct treads way beyond a dangerous line, but we’ve been doing that for 30+ years now.


13 posted on 01/06/2009 12:53:59 PM PST by HamiltonJay
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To: GonzoII

Every “doctor” that recommended this abomination should be stripped of their medical degrees.


14 posted on 01/06/2009 12:54:04 PM PST by SpaceBar
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To: null and void

These people are insane. Doctors?? Quacks is more like it.

People mutilating themselves is bad enough, and now these so called Doctors saying kids need to decide what sex they want to be at age 12.


15 posted on 01/06/2009 12:54:50 PM PST by Venturer
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To: Abathar

Welcome to Obama Land. Pretty soon they’ll be serving “puberty blockers” in the cafeteria.


16 posted on 01/06/2009 12:55:29 PM PST by Callahan
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To: Abathar

I agree.


17 posted on 01/06/2009 12:57:26 PM PST by Jane Austen (Boycott the Bahamas!)
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To: SpaceBar

Walt Kowalski says "Get these puberty-blocked freaks off my lawn."

18 posted on 01/06/2009 12:59:56 PM PST by Callahan
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To: GonzoII

The lunatics really have taken over the asylum.


19 posted on 01/06/2009 1:00:07 PM PST by FormerLib (Sacrificing our land and our blood cannot buy protection from jihad.-Bishop Artemije of Kosovo)
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To: SpaceBar

Stripped of their degrees and sent to a locked psych ward.


20 posted on 01/06/2009 1:01:39 PM PST by darkangel82 (I don't have a superiority complex, I'm just better than you.)
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To: GonzoII

“Boredom is having too many choices.”

— Soren Kierkegaard, if I remember correctly.


21 posted on 01/06/2009 1:01:44 PM PST by Pearls Before Swine (Is /sarc really necessary?)
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To: GonzoII

Peter Pan Drugs?..............


22 posted on 01/06/2009 1:01:45 PM PST by Red Badger (I was sad because I had no shoes to throw, until I met a reporter who had no feet.....)
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To: GonzoII
Of late there have been a number of articles about this issue. It appears that the pro-homosexual crowd is going to keep pushing this agenda until it is accepted by at least a majority of society. Giving drugs to children, allowing the surgical mutilation of children, is morally wrong, and will result in who knows what nightmare in the future?
23 posted on 01/06/2009 1:02:23 PM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: GonzoII

When do I get to go Claire Wolfe on these motherhuggers?


24 posted on 01/06/2009 1:02:39 PM PST by Lazamataz (Illegal Zombies: Just Eating the Brains that Ordinary Americans Won't Eat)
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To: Jacquerie

Isn’t it sad that stories like this are becoming main stream and even sound acceptable to many.


25 posted on 01/06/2009 1:03:06 PM PST by Red6
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To: GonzoII

Insanity - I will ping it out a bit later for sure. !!!!


26 posted on 01/06/2009 1:04:13 PM PST by little jeremiah (Leave illusion, come to the truth. Leave the darkness, come to the light.)
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To: GonzoII

Why not? You have doctors pushing hormone supressing birth control on minors as they undergo the changes of puberty.


27 posted on 01/06/2009 1:07:24 PM PST by weegee (Obamunism, just another word for the policies of a NeoCom.)
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To: GonzoII

As usual, LifeSite is skewing the story to fit their agenda. A lot of the children who are “questioning their gender identity” and being examined/treated by doctors because of it, actually have clear anatomical and/or chromosomal abnormalities that make their gender a less than black-and-white matter. These children are either going to have to have medical intervention to steer their bodies in one direction or the other, or be left to mature into a form which will not enable them to function anywhere near normally as either male or female. For those children, it does make a lot of sense to postpone making irreversible medical decisions (including the decision to allow breasts or facial hair to develop when that development won’t correspond to the child’s genital anatomy) until they are a bit older, and better able to participate in the decision-making.


28 posted on 01/06/2009 1:07:36 PM PST by GovernmentShrinker
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To: trisham

The same crowd that is critical of Islamic genital mutilation champion this form of genital mutilation.


29 posted on 01/06/2009 1:08:18 PM PST by weegee (Obamunism, just another word for the policies of a NeoCom.)
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To: GonzoII

Remember that in CA, the gender of a child is determined by that child. Whatever the child says “it” is must be respected. If he wants to be called a she, the school must go along with it, and vice versa, and the locker room or bathroom is to be allowed accordingly. Fun fun fun.


30 posted on 01/06/2009 1:09:34 PM PST by Yaelle
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To: weegee
If the Islamic mutilation was to affect apparent gender, they would support it as well.
31 posted on 01/06/2009 1:10:24 PM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: GonzoII

Doesn’t giving kids with Gender Identity Disorder puberty blocking drugs sound akin to giving a depressed person a gun? Or, like telling a Schizophrenic to go ahead and listen to the voices in their head. What the heck happened to treatment (as if I didn’t know)?


32 posted on 01/06/2009 1:10:24 PM PST by Try_Freedom
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To: GonzoII

Am screaming here, can you hear me? THESE ARE CHILDREN!!!!


33 posted on 01/06/2009 1:13:35 PM PST by BAW (Enjoying every minute of the Illinois political theater.)
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“Doctors Urge Puberty Blockers for Children Considering Sex Change”

I have a better idea...Give them gender appropriate porn mags until they come to their senses and see what they would be missing!

34 posted on 01/06/2009 1:14:37 PM PST by Beagle8U (FreeRepublic -- One stop shopping ....... Its the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: Yaelle

What if he wants to be a space ranger and she wants to be a princess and he wants to be a basketball star and she wants to be a pony?


35 posted on 01/06/2009 1:16:48 PM PST by weegee (Obamunism, just another word for the policies of a NeoCom.)
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To: BAW

Exactly right.


36 posted on 01/06/2009 1:20:43 PM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: GonzoII
< shaking cane at young whippersnappers >

They should all be put on puberty blockers until they're twenty-five.

< /cane shake>

37 posted on 01/06/2009 1:21:14 PM PST by KarlInOhio (On 9/11 Israel mourned with us while the Palestinians danced in the streets. Who should we support?)
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To: GonzoII

Welcome to Hell folks! Watch your step when getting off the crazy train.


38 posted on 01/06/2009 1:22:19 PM PST by mkcc30 (He died for us let's live for him.)
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To: GonzoII

Why should a child even be considering a sex change? Maybe they have adults in their lives (homosexual adoption) that are encouraging them to think about the subject?


39 posted on 01/06/2009 1:22:21 PM PST by ModelBreaker
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To: BAW

AMEN! When they start screwing up our kids then it is by God time to freakin’ FIGHT!


40 posted on 01/06/2009 1:23:38 PM PST by mkcc30 (He died for us let's live for him.)
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To: GovernmentShrinker

How dare you bring reason, facts, and common sense to this thread!


41 posted on 01/06/2009 1:25:26 PM PST by Inappropriate Laughter
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To: GonzoII

Welcome to Obama Land where anything that’s bad for you reigns.


42 posted on 01/06/2009 1:26:45 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote.)
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To: GonzoII

Welcome to Obama Land where anything that’s bad for you reigns.


43 posted on 01/06/2009 1:26:46 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote.)
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To: ModelBreaker

I don’t understand why a child would be interested in this, not in our free society where people are allowed to do what they want. If a girl wants to play with trucks or dream about being a police officer, or if a boy wants to play with a doll or help mom bake a cake, more power to them—that has nothing to do wtih who they will grow up to have sex with. But that doesn’t require hormone shots and genital surgery.


44 posted on 01/06/2009 1:28:44 PM PST by Burkean
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To: Venturer

Ummm, no, the whole point of the recommendations is that children should NOT be making such decisions at that age, nor should any adults be making such decisions for them. In cases where there are anatomical and/or chromosomal abnormalities, it has been routine in the past for doctors to make irreversible treatment decisions in consultation with the parents. The decisions often turned out to be dead wrong. In the famous case of David Reimer, a boy who was seriously mutilated during a botched circumcision as an infant, was surgically made into a “girl” while still an infant, and raised as a girl. He never acted like a girl and wasn’t told why until he was 14. He ended up committing suicide a few years ago, at age 38. http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/1084201131913_27/?hub=TopStories

While no legitimate doctor today would do what was done to Reimer, in cases of naturally arising anatomical and/or chromosomal abnormalities that blur gender, doctors and parents are under pressure to undertake some kind of treatment before puberty, since many changes of puberty can’t be completely reversed, and are unpredictable in children with abnormalities. It makes a LOT of sense to postpone the need to make these decisions until the child is good deal older than 12, and that’s what the recommendations call for.

The recommendations also call for postponing puberty in cases where, as far as is known the problem is purely psychological (though we really can’t tell for sure if some of these cases have roots in some genetic or hormonal abnormality). Again, this can make a lot of sense, because an adolescent who has serious psychological problems relating to their apparent gender is much more likely to become suicidal or otherwise self-destructive if their bodies are maturing into a form which they are absolutely sure is “wrong”. Putting development on hold for a while provides more time to deal with the psychological problems, hopefully helping the child to come to a realization that if there’s no anatomical or chromosomal evidence that they aren’t normal examples of their apparent gender, then drastic surgery and/or hormonal treatment designed to make them appear to be the other gender, are unlikely to get the sort of results that they are imagining.


45 posted on 01/06/2009 1:31:17 PM PST by GovernmentShrinker
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To: Inappropriate Laughter

Nervous habit, I guess. Plus my asbestos suit demands regular workouts :-)


46 posted on 01/06/2009 1:33:05 PM PST by GovernmentShrinker
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To: GonzoII

I’m gettin awefully hairy in my old age. Wonder if them untested drugs could slow down or reverse the process?


47 posted on 01/06/2009 1:35:45 PM PST by wolfcreek (I see miles and miles of Texas....let's keep it that way.)
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To: Inappropriate Laughter; GovernmentShrinker

My BS meter was on high alert too, but I went to the source:

www.gires.org.uk/assets/guidelines.pdf

ON a first read, it APPEARS what is being described is, in fact “transexualism” or “gender dysphoria, and NOT “intersexuality” which is the term more often used to describe the absence (or superabundance) of genitalia or secondary sex characteristics.

Maybe you will have a different read on it. I’ll be back to read more replies.


48 posted on 01/06/2009 1:39:40 PM PST by Larry Lucido
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To: GovernmentShrinker

Thanks for the additional information and link.


49 posted on 01/06/2009 1:41:46 PM PST by Larry Lucido
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To: Larry Lucido

It doesn’t look to me like the document is limiting its discussion to psych-only cases. It is defining “trans” people as those who identify with the opposite gender than what they were assigned at birth, but does not limit the reasons for the assignment. And the LifeSite article is referring only to the recommendation re children approaching puberty, not the whole document, which covers treatment for all “trans” people, including those who first claimed this status in adulthood.

Most babies who are born with visible anatomical abnormalities are “assigned” to either male or female on their birth certificate. And many cases of chromosomal abnormalities or chromosomal/anatomical mismatch are not detected at birth. The most common is babies who look like girls but are chromosomally male (or in some cases chromosomally mosaic, with some cells having XX and others XY) — female anatomy is the “default setting”, and hormonal abnormalities in either the baby or the mother can result in an XY fetus simply staying on the default setting.

I tend to think that the great majority of gender identity issues in children have roots in anatomical/chromosomal/hormonal abnormalities of some sort. Some of these can be very difficult to detect or confirm, especially hormonal abnormalities that were temporary, but affected brain development during some critical phase. It has become fashionable in some circles for teenagers and adults to declare themselves to be “trans” or just declare themselves to be the opposite gender to what they appear to be, and I think that in most cases this is just a manifestation of other psychological problems. But I don’t know of any circles in which this has become fashionable among prepubescent children, and certainly not to the degree that a child would stick to the act even after being hauled off to doctors and having things like surgery discussed. There are probably some cases where parental behavior is at the root of such thinking in young children, but that doesn’t make the child’s psychological problem any less real, and probably strengthens the argument for delaying puberty until the child is older and beginning to be more independent of his/her parents. Where parental behavior is at the root of the problem, children are very likely to simply outgrow it, and more likely to do so peacefully if puberty is delayed.

My only personal experience with a person who had “gender issues” in childhood was a passing acquaintance with a then-woman who attended the college I graduated from, some years after I had graduated. She’d been born with some clear anatomical abnormality, and her fundamentalist Christian father didn’t believe in any “intersex” stuff, wanted a son, and simply insisted that she be a boy. She always thought of herself of girl, but was met with violence at home if she expressed that there. By junior high, she was leaving the house dressed as a boy every morning, and being met on route by a sympathetic teacher or counselor who gave her the opportunity to change clothes and arrive at school dressed as a girl. Needless to say, she ended up with some serious problems, and eventually ended up living with an unrelated family who were a different sort of Christians, and helped her get her life on track. By the time I met her, she was in her early forties and just starting college. She graduated and went to law school and I don’t know what became of her after that. But she was definitely not an attention-seeking nut whose problems had all been psychological. She was as low-key as she could be, but since she’d been forced to develop as a male (I don’t know if she was just left to develop naturally, or if she was given some hormones), she had the tell-tale pitted skin of someone who has had a great deal of facial hair removed by a electrolysis, and a slightly receded hairline. She was never going to look like a normal woman (and probably never looked like a normal man either), but if she’d received hormones to postpone puberty until she was 18 and legally free of her father’s interference, it would have been been a huge blessing for her. Her case is one where I can see that letting someone under 18 choose this treatment, even over parental objections, would make a lot of sense.


50 posted on 01/06/2009 2:36:47 PM PST by GovernmentShrinker
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