An article on adolescent suicide in the medical journal Pediatrics reflects a trend in modern pediatric medicine by omitting mention of sexual activity and elective abortion as “significant risk factors” for teen suicide, according the American College of Pediatricians, a socially conservative medical association.
“There has been an unremitting trend across all of medicine, including pediatrics, in concert with the advance of the sexual revolution, particularly since the legalization of abortion in 1973,” the College said in written comments to Baptist Press.
“Virtually all medical organizations are in lockstep with political correctness on the matters of contraception and abortion for youth without parental consent, comprehensive sex education that minimizes abstinence, and the entire [lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender] movement despite the incontrovertible evidence that the [LGBT] lifestyle is dangerous and unhealthful, as well as preventable and changeable. It is for this reason — organized medicine’s increasing kowtowing to political correctness — that the College was founded in 2002,” the College stated.
Pediatrics, the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, cites teen suicide risk factors such as family history of suicide, transgender identification and a history of physical or sexual abuse. Sexual activity and elective abortion, however, are not mentioned as risk factors in the report.
The American Academy of Pediatrics is the primary professional organization for pediatricians in the U.S., with 66,000 members. The American College of Pediatricians has 500 members.
In critiquing the Pediatrics article in a July 7 press release, the American College of Pediatricians cited research to demonstrate the detrimental effects of sexual activity and abortion on teens’ mental health.
Teen girls with sexual experience are three times and boys eight times more likely to have attempted suicide than are virgin teens, according to the College. A Minnesota study found that in the six months following an abortion, high school girls are 10 times more likely to commit suicide. Girls with any history of abortion are about six times more likely to attempt suicide than their peers.
Psychologist and neuroscientist Matt Stanford told BP a fully-orbed approach to teen suicide prevention must take sexual activity and abortion into account.
“Previous studies have demonstrated that they are risk factors. They do not seem to be greater risk factors than other factors but certainly are important to take into account when assessing risk for suicide,” Stanford said in written comments.
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SOURCE: Baptist Press