In 2002 a group of pediatricians and related professionals split from the 86-year-old American Academy of Pediatrics over the organization’s support for abortion and homosexual adoption. Some 14 years later, now called the American College of Pediatricians, the group is challenging the AAP on transgenderism.
In a biting statement last month, the American College of Pediatricians warned legislators and educators that conditioning children to accept transgenderism as normal is child abuse, as transgenderism is classified as a mental illness.
“The American College of Pediatricians urges educators and legislators to reject all policies that condition children to accept as normal a life of chemical and surgical impersonation of the opposite sex. Facts — not ideology — determine reality,” they warned.
“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 it should be treated as such. These children suffer from gender dysphoria. Gender dysphoria, formerly listed as gender identity disorder, is a recognized mental disorder in the most recent edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association. The psychodynamic and social learning theories of GD/GID have never been disproved,” the statement added.
The liberal-leaning 64,000-member American Academy of Pediatrics, however, sees things differently.
When North Carolina enacted the H2 bathroom bill that prohibits local governments from passing ordinances that force businesses and institutions to allow transgender people into opposite sex bathrooms, the AAP spoke out, arguing that the legislation endangers youth.
“As pediatricians, we know first-hand how increasing burdens and barriers for youth who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender can increase their risk of depression, substance abuse, dropping out of school, or suicide,” Deborah Ainsworth, president of the AAP North Carolina Chapter, asserted in a statement.
“The law can also have unintentional consequences for children born with gender-related genetic disorders, children with disabilities who may need a different sex parent to help them in the restroom, and children who find themselves homeless due to lack of support for their gender identities,” she further argued.
“Laws like HB2 send a distressing message to transgender youth and can worsen the challenges many already face,” Ainsworth added.
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SOURCE: The Christian Post