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The Government is Following Ideology not Science

During the COVID epidemic, we were all being importuned to “follow the science”. Studies were conducted on the effectiveness of various kinds of mask. New medicines and vaccines were being subjected to stringent clinical trials and scrutiny by the FDA and CDC. After the treatments were approved, there was extensive follow-up and evaluation of side effects, long-term effectiveness, etc.

That all makes sense – a health problem should be evaluated and addressed based on good science. But when it comes to gender, we’re no longer being asked to “follow the science”. Instead, we’re being ordered to conform to an ideology that has no support by any kind of science. It’s doing massive damage to people and society. And we’re all just supposed to look the other way.

Dangerous Medical Experiments

For years in the US and elsewhere, children who are suffering from confusion about their “gender identity” have been rushed into “gender affirming care”. This usually involves one of three medical interventions. Here’s how they are described by an official document from the US Department of Health and Human Services:

  • Puberty Blockers: Using certain types of hormones to pause pubertal development.
  • Hormone Therapy: Testosterone hormones for those who were assigned female at birth Estrogen hormones for those who were assigned male at birth [from] early adolescence onward.
  • Gender-Affirming Surgeries: ‘Top’ surgery – to create male-typical chest shape or enhance breasts. ‘Bottom’ surgery—surgery on genitals or reproductive organs. Facial feminization or other procedures. Typically used in adulthood case-by-case in adolescence.

These descriptions are euphemisms for mutilating and poisoning healthy people who are confused about their “gender”. Gender-affirming surgeries mutilate the body by amputating or mangling breasts and genitals. Puberty blockers interrupt the normal, healthy physical developments of puberty. Hormone replacement therapy floods the body with hormones of thee opposite sex, to prevent normal sexual development and mimic the physical characteristics of the opposite sex.

The use of puberty blockers is now banned in some European countries. Other European medical authorities have warned about the dangers of puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones. British authorities have stated that the evidence for puberty blockers is “very low” and “must be weighed against the largely unknown long-term safety profile of these treatments in children and adolescents with gender dysphoria”.” France’s National Academy of Medicine recently said that “the greatest caution is needed in their use, taking into account the side- effects such as the impact on growth, bone weakening, risk of sterility, emotional and intellectual consequences and, for girls, menopause-like symptoms.”

The potential negative effects of body mutilation are particularly grave. Combined with the life-long need for hormone treatments, they are serious impediments to sexual activity and pleasure. There is no way to reverse the permanent disfigurement.

What’s most shocking is that the scientific evidence underlying these “therapies” is virtually non-existent, outside of obviously flawed and biased “studies” by ideologues and advocates. There have been no long-term studies of the effects on the person’s physical and psychological health. A major British report recently found that there is an almost complete lack of evidence and medical consensus about the best approach to treating gender dysphoria in children.

This isn’t science. It’s an ideologically-driven medical experiment on vulnerable, confused people. Nobody knows how this will end. But it’s hard to see how it will end well.

Any attempt to raise these concerns is typically denounced as “transphobia” and whistleblowers are silenced or face retaliation. This narrow-mindedness is very dangerous, particularly given legitimate concerns over the dramatic increase in the number of children who are presenting themselves as transgender – which some observers consider to be a “social contagion” fostered on social media and in peer groups.

Our Government’s Appallingly Misguided Response

Faced with this reality, what has been the response of our government? They’re all in on the ideology, and completely heedless of the science.

The president and his administration have launched a sustained campaign to ensure that children are able to receive government-funded “gender affirming care”. A major figure in the Department of Health and Human Services, Rachel Levine (a man who was known as “Richard” before deciding to present as a woman) falsely proclaimed that “there is no argument among medical professionals about the value and importance of gender-affirming care” for children.

To its credit, the FDA actually issued a warning about potential negative side-effects of puberty blockers. But the medical establishment has done little else. Contrast this with the vociferous response of the government, media, and institutional medicine to the various quack remedies for COVID – none of which involved amputating one’s sexual organs.

Otherwise, it is a wide-open field for ideological medicine. Dangerous puberty blockers and hormone replacement therapies are readily available to children. Cases have been reported where children can obtain them from Planned Parenthood on their first visit, with no counseling or comprehensive medical screening. California has a proposed bill that would allow children from other states to come there for treatments and would shield them from parental authority.

In June, the Administration issued proposed regulations that would require every hospital and health professional to provide “gender affirming care”. They would also require every health insurance company to cover the expenses. There is no exemption for religious health care institutions or professionals, beyond the few conscience protections found elsewhere in federal law.

This is the old HHS contraception mandate on steroids. It will create yet another massive court battle to defend religious freedom. It’s worth remembering that Xavier Becerra, the HHS Secretary, is a fanatic of long standing. He was the one who took the Little Sisters of the Poor to court to force them to cover contraception,  sterilization and abortifacients in their health plans. He took pregnancy centers to court to force them to regurgitate state-dictated pro-abortion language to the moms who came to them for help.

The Answer is Truth Not Ideology

Every case of a child who is confused about their “gender identity” is a tragedy. They are suffering needlessly, misled by disinformation and false consciousness down a dead end that will ultimately yield no happiness.

More than anything else – certainly more that mutilation or poison – they need to hear the truth.

A person’s sex as male or female is a gift from God that is central to our nature as human persons. Or, to put it in terms for atheists, it a miracle of nature that is deeply embedded in our DNA and thus in every single cell in our body. It is a complex and beautiful reality that should be embraced, not rejected.

The American medical establishment and our government are doing these poor people a profound injustice. They should be following science and not ideology. Only through the truth will people find peace and happiness as man and woman, the way we are created.

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Published by Ed Mechmann

I am a life-long New Yorker, a graduate of Columbia College and Harvard Law School, and a former state and federal prosecutor. I am currently the Director of Public Policy and the Director of Safe Environment at the Archdiocese of New York. All opinions here are mine, and mine alone, and do not represent official statements of the Archdiocese. All Glory to God.

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