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Sex-changing treatment for kids: It's on the rise
Associated Press ^ | February 20, 2012 | Lindsey Tanner

Posted on 02/20/2012 5:23:47 AM PST by reaganaut1

CHICAGO—A small but growing number of teens and even younger children who think they were born the wrong sex are getting support from parents and from doctors who give them sex-changing treatments, according to reports in the medical journal Pediatrics.

It's an issue that raises ethical questions, and some experts urge caution in treating children with puberty-blocking drugs and hormones.

An 8-year-old second-grader in Los Angeles is a typical patient. Born a girl, the child announced at 18 months, "I a boy" and has stuck with that belief. The family was shocked but now refers to the child as a boy and is watching for the first signs of puberty to begin treatment, his mother told The Associated Press.

Pediatricians need to know these kids exist and deserve treatment, said Dr. Norman Spack, author of one of three reports published Monday and director of one of the nation's first gender identity medical clinics, at Children's Hospital Boston.

"If you open the doors, these are the kids who come. They're out there. They're in your practices," Spack said in an interview.

Switching gender roles and occasionally pretending to be the opposite sex is common in young children. But these kids are different. They feel certain they were born with the wrong bodies.

Some are labeled with "gender identity disorder," a psychiatric diagnosis. But Spack is among doctors who think that's a misnomer. Emerging research suggests they may have brain differences more similar to the opposite sex.

Spack said by some estimates, 1 in 10,000 children have the condition.

Offering sex-changing treatment to kids younger than 18 raises ethical concerns, and their parents' motives need to be closely examined, said Dr. Margaret Moon, a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics' bioethics committee. She was not involved in any of the reports.

(Excerpt) Read more at boston.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: childabuse; genitalmutilation; mentalillness; moralabsolutes; transgender
I oppose the mutilation of any person, and I especially oppose the mutilation of minors.
1 posted on 02/20/2012 5:23:49 AM PST by reaganaut1
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To: reaganaut1

It’s shocking that psychologists will gleefully help children make this change... but pretend certain behaviors are unchangeable.


2 posted on 02/20/2012 5:27:44 AM PST by rwilson99 (Please tell me how the words "shall not perish and have everlasting life" would NOT apply to Mary.)
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To: reaganaut1

I’m thinking of having an ethnic identity disorder. Maybe self-identify as a Native American. It will need some plastic surgery to get me feeling really good about myself.


3 posted on 02/20/2012 5:40:28 AM PST by Lady Lucky ( Exposure to the Son may prevent burning.)
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4 posted on 02/20/2012 5:40:45 AM PST by deoetdoctrinae (Gun-free zones are playgrounds for felons)
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To: reaganaut1

Not much difference between your average pedo and these so-called adults/parents.


5 posted on 02/20/2012 5:42:01 AM PST by VanDeKoik
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To: Lady Lucky

Self iidentify as an a Aliut. There are great government contracting set-asides fou Aliuts.


6 posted on 02/20/2012 5:45:01 AM PST by Haiku Guy ("The problem with Internet Quotes is that you never know if they are real" -- Abraham Lincoln)
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To: reaganaut1

Libs just keep getting more and more sick don’t they. I mean what is this? Do they all meet in some back room and say “What can we do next that is really really effed up?” Kids can’t eat potato chips at lunch, hey but cutting off their wang is OK.


7 posted on 02/20/2012 5:46:19 AM PST by GrandJediMasterYoda (How ironic that Ann Coulter should write a book called Treason.)
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda

Do they all meet in some back room

I think it’s a cave and it has an altar to satan.


8 posted on 02/20/2012 5:56:16 AM PST by Josephat (The old claim your evengelizing people who haven't heard the gospel, but go to a Catholic country tr)
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To: Josephat

I think you are correct...


9 posted on 02/20/2012 6:00:20 AM PST by myrabach
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To: reaganaut1

There’s probably a few kids who will turn out for the better because of this.

But some of the children are simply confused, and to treat them with hormones is pure abuse.

The risks are far too high.


10 posted on 02/20/2012 6:01:34 AM PST by Psycho_Bunny (Now I know how the average lefty would feel if Fred Phelps were elected President.)
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To: Haiku Guy

As long as we’re forcing people play along with fantasies: I am a justice of the SCOTUS trapped in a plain old lawyer’s body. I am about to issue an order related to the HHS mandate...can’t wait to see everyone play along with my pretense.


11 posted on 02/20/2012 6:04:41 AM PST by Notwithstanding (1998 ACU ratings: Newt=100%, Paul=88%, Santorum=84% [the last year all were in Congress])
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To: Lady Lucky

See also Ward Churchill.


12 posted on 02/20/2012 6:05:22 AM PST by maggief
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To: Psycho_Bunny

Scratching you off the sane-sensible-freeper list.


13 posted on 02/20/2012 6:05:54 AM PST by Notwithstanding (1998 ACU ratings: Newt=100%, Paul=88%, Santorum=84% [the last year all were in Congress])
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To: maggief

lol.


14 posted on 02/20/2012 6:07:47 AM PST by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: reaganaut1

So apparently along with American history, Government, Economics, English, Spelling and Math...they have dropped BIOLOGY from the curriculum.


15 posted on 02/20/2012 6:21:09 AM PST by ROCKLOBSTER ( Celebrate Republicans Freed the Slaves Month.)
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To: reaganaut1

haven’t heard one single case of a child self mutilating in all my years as a parent..........cutting like on their arms yes


16 posted on 02/20/2012 6:33:11 AM PST by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: reaganaut1

Somewhere in Hell, Dr. Mengele is laughing his ass off.


17 posted on 02/20/2012 6:35:10 AM PST by Haiku Guy ("The problem with Internet Quotes is that you never know if they are real" -- Abraham Lincoln)
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To: reaganaut1

Somewhere in Hell, Dr. Mengele is laughing his ass off.


18 posted on 02/20/2012 6:35:26 AM PST by Haiku Guy ("The problem with Internet Quotes is that you never know if they are real" -- Abraham Lincoln)
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To: reaganaut1
I have a Great Dane, whose ears I have absolutely not had muitilated. If I had a Dobe, I'd not allow anyone to mutilate either his ears or tail. Those mutilations are miniscule compared to the vast destruction and reconstruction that has to be done to "change" a human being's sex. Such procedures should only be allowed for adults.
19 posted on 02/20/2012 6:39:22 AM PST by libstripper
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To: reaganaut1

I want to vomit.
Little boys at the age put on mommy’s shoes and say “I mommy”, they are just playing.
Little girls put on daddy’s glasses and say “I daddy”, they are just playing.
The parents are sick, twisted and probably leftest just wanting to be ever so cool and understandingly tolerant.


20 posted on 02/20/2012 6:42:08 AM PST by svcw (Only difference between Romney & BH is one thinks he will be god & other one thinks he already is.)
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To: reaganaut1

You can’t change your sex. To do so, you would have to change every cell in the body.


21 posted on 02/20/2012 6:51:54 AM PST by Fiji Hill
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To: reaganaut1

It’s funny...
We oppose genital mutilation in other countries,but not here.

markoman


22 posted on 02/20/2012 6:54:11 AM PST by markoman (The man with the rubber glove was....surprisingly gentle.)
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To: reaganaut1

I just woke up to the realization that I was born a billionaire...now I need the government to make my fantasy a reality.


23 posted on 02/20/2012 6:54:15 AM PST by bigbob
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To: reaganaut1

An 18-month-old. Really. At 18 months, they could just as easily say, “I a puppy”, so does that mean the parents should help turn the child into a dog? GEEEEEZ


24 posted on 02/20/2012 7:13:04 AM PST by NEMDF
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To: reaganaut1

I suppose if the little darling had said “I a boat” they would’ve put sails and a rudder on her.


25 posted on 02/20/2012 7:13:34 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: reaganaut1

Munchausen by Proxi syndrome.


26 posted on 02/20/2012 7:15:00 AM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: Fiji Hill

Human brains continue to grow outside the womb.

I have read as long as 10 years. consistently 3-5 years.

so some quack reinforces a lunatic mother’s agenda and presto a child is destroyed.


27 posted on 02/20/2012 7:17:40 AM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: reaganaut1

This is disgusting- pure child abuse. The way things are going it’s hard to even imagine what the world will be like in 100 years.


28 posted on 02/20/2012 7:25:56 AM PST by ladyrustic
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To: reaganaut1

An 18-month-old. Really. At 18 months, they could just as easily say, “I a puppy”, so does that mean the parents should help turn the child into a dog? GEEEEEZ


29 posted on 02/20/2012 7:28:56 AM PST by NEMDF
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To: reaganaut1

This is not about turning boys into girls, but about turning boys into eunuchs.


30 posted on 02/20/2012 7:36:08 AM PST by jmcenanly (Things will be better in 2013)
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To: reaganaut1
I think I understand "progressivism" now.

If an unborn child is an inconvenience, kill it.

If it "progresses" to the moment of birth, but is still an inconvenience, kill it.

And if it "progresses" further to childhood, mutilate it to serve a political ideology.

Progressivism 101.

31 posted on 02/20/2012 7:38:24 AM PST by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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To: ladyrustic

This is shocking and sickening.

We are well on the way to normalizing homosexuality. Remember the alphabet coalition, “LGBT”? The gay community embraces the “T”, the trans-sexual, trans-gendered as part of their movement.

What I’m trying to say is, that since we have normalized homosexuality, we are now on the way to normalizing all other gender identity, gender confusion, sexual problems, sexual issues.

Homosexuality was once considered a mental disorder. Not saying that we should put such people away in a mental facility, but, we have normalized that. Now the bar is lowered, and now we want to normalize this whole area of gender confusion. For now, these areas are still officially considered mental conditions, but you wonder for how long that will be the case.

What shocks me most of all is that this involves children. It’s one thing to talk about adults who want operations or hormones to change their gender identity. It’s one thing for someone who is a consenting adult to make decisions in this area.

It’s something else again to take the word of an 18 month old that he/she feels they belong to the wrong sex. And that they are taking the word of children that they feel they belong to the wrong sex, and doing these treatments, is Dr. Mengele territory, in my opinion.


32 posted on 02/20/2012 7:41:04 AM PST by Dilbert San Diego
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To: reaganaut1

And some would be shocked that God would withhold His Grace and allow Obama’s re-election and the destruction of America, for it’s abuse of it’s liberties.


33 posted on 02/20/2012 7:42:10 AM PST by G Larry (We are NOT obliged to carry the snake in our pocket and then dismiss the bites as natural behavior.)
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To: longtermmemmory

Why aren’t children taken away from such mothers?

Good point that, parents are reinforcing this in their kids. Kids can say they want to be the other sex. But without the active involvement of liberal minded parents, taking them to doctors and such, nothing like this would happen.


34 posted on 02/20/2012 7:44:27 AM PST by Dilbert San Diego
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To: reaganaut1

Children pretend. It’s a huge part of being a child. A kid in my neighborhood used to live in his Batman costume. It didn’t mean he was Batman. He’s now a very normal, successful adult.

The idea that adults play on a child’s imagination, turning that imaginary life into his reality is sickening to say the least.


35 posted on 02/20/2012 7:45:47 AM PST by Darnright ("I don't trust liberals, I trust conservatives." - Lucius Annaeus Seneca)
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To: NEMDF

My cousin and I, when we were little, used to pretend we were horses. It was years before I realized that really, I’m a cat.


36 posted on 02/20/2012 7:47:17 AM PST by A_perfect_lady
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To: reaganaut1

To do this to children and adolescents is nothing short of evil. Especially with the kind of research that has now been done on the brain and how it develops, we now know that the human brain isn’t fully developed in people until they are in their 20’s. Young children and teens simply cannot make such a decision that will impact their lives so drastically. And the adults involved should really know better.


37 posted on 02/20/2012 7:50:01 AM PST by LibertarianLiz
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To: Psycho_Bunny
There’s probably a few kids who will turn out for the better because of this

I decided to look up the suicide rates for these people and they are very high. For adults, it is around 30% (much higher than the general population in this country). For "transgendered teens" it is close to 50%.

Now, if there were any other surgery that had suicide rates that high, would people still be allowed to do it? No! There would be congressional hearings, there would be lawsuits. But, no, not this surgery. Any criticism of it is off limits.

There was an article some years ago by a physician who had started this whole gender-changing surgery. He had decided to stop doing it because it didn't help with the "pathologies" that he had seen before the surgery. They had the surgery, and still had all the problems. Nothing changed, so he decided to rethink it, and stop doing the surgeries.

38 posted on 02/20/2012 7:55:28 AM PST by LibertarianLiz
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To: LibertarianLiz

Why did you cherry pick my statement?

I concluded by saying the risks were too high. Which is exactly what you pointed out.


39 posted on 02/20/2012 8:10:29 AM PST by Psycho_Bunny (Now I know how the average lefty would feel if Fred Phelps were elected President.)
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To: Notwithstanding

um.....ok?


40 posted on 02/20/2012 8:15:51 AM PST by Psycho_Bunny (Now I know how the average lefty would feel if Fred Phelps were elected President.)
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda

What is so weird about this is that:
* those supporting chemicals in kids and surgery in adults to alter gender (a basic biological state) often oppose circumcision, a far less radical and often beneficial (preventing spread of disease)procedure
* they claim to want to minimize healthcare costs, but choose chemical alteration and surgery to modify gender over counseling to treat “I think my gender is wrong”


41 posted on 02/20/2012 8:25:39 AM PST by tbw2
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To: reaganaut1
Born a girl, the child announced at 18 months, "I a boy" and has stuck with that belief. The family was shocked but now refers to the child as a boy and is watching for the first signs of puberty to begin treatment, his mother told The Associated Press.

The family should have IMMEDIATELY corrected this girl, instead of indulging this disturbed thinking. What if this girl had decided she was a cat? Would her parents have given a litter box? BTW, what "treatment" will this girl be given when puberty starts?

42 posted on 02/20/2012 9:23:50 AM PST by Repeal 16-17 (Let me know when the Shooting starts.)
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To: Psycho_Bunny
I don't think I "cherry picked". You put that as your first statement. You then went on to point out that you thought it was dangerous. But, you did make that first statement.

I was just pointing out one of the things that is never discussed about this procedure and that is the suicide rates. I particularly wanted to point out the incredible suicide rates for teens because this article was about extreme surgery being performed on very young children.

43 posted on 02/20/2012 9:49:08 AM PST by LibertarianLiz
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To: reaganaut1

Child abuse, pure and simple.


44 posted on 02/20/2012 12:09:41 PM PST by JimRed (Excising a cancer before it kills us waters the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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To: A_perfect_lady

I was a stallion - a black stallion and my BFF was a white stallion. We girls did not know what a stallion was except we KNEW it was so good at jumping over bicycles the long way as we did in the first grade. ;)


45 posted on 02/20/2012 2:03:40 PM PST by gopheraj
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To: Notwithstanding

To: Psycho_Bunny

Scratching you off the sane-sensible-freeper list.


His “handle” speaks for itself.


46 posted on 02/21/2012 4:15:13 AM PST by DH (Once the tainted finger of government touches anything the rot begins)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

Everyone should be aware of the fact that being a pervert is an act that our government has placed upon a pedestal and made it a government granted RIGHT and imposed laws to enforce it.

How many of us over the age of 60 would have ever believed that back in our earlier days that this would ever happen?

Today’s youth are taught in public indoctrination centers and on all media that this is perfectly normal.

The old 60’s mantra “if it feels good do it” has truly come to pass.


47 posted on 02/21/2012 4:22:14 AM PST by DH (Once the tainted finger of government touches anything the rot begins)
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To: NEMDF

Don’t give them any ideas.


48 posted on 02/21/2012 4:25:20 AM PST by sport
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