The “sexual revolutionaries” of the sixties and their ideological descendants are all atwitter. On August 7, 2020, in official disregard of the Sixth and Ninth Commandments, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision guaranteed “transgender” students can use the restrooms and locker rooms for the sex of their choice. This is happening despite the rapidly developing scientific evidence shows such moves to be harmful.
The new legal development confirms many parents’ worst fears. Boys will be allowed to use the girls’ facilities, based on nothing more than their – or their parents – contentions that they “identify” as girls. The contrary will also be true.
The Law Rapidly Evolves
Thus, gender ideology triumphs over the public good. An unimaginable situation has now become obligatory.in the states under the jurisdiction of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals: Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, North and South Carolina. Students, parents, school personnel, and state official who object have absolutely no voice.
In part, this decision rests on the Supreme Court’s recent “Bostock” decision, which was a case of judicial activism disguised as “textualism.” The high court denied employers the ability to fire or punish employees who claim transgender status.
Having determined that such “workplace discrimination” is not allowed, it was a short step to the schoolhouse door.
The Journalists’ Reaction
A CNN report quoted the judges’ decision. “After the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Bostock v. Clayton County, we have little difficulty holding that the bathroom policy…discriminated…’ on the basis of sex.'”
Forbes Magazine quoted lawyers for the American Civil Liberties Union, which supported the student involved in the case. “Trans people belong in schools. Trans people belong EVERYWHERE.” (Emphasis in the original)
The reaction at Politico was equally jubilant. “A federal appeals court dealt a major victory Wednesday for proponents of transgender rights, ruling that it is unconstitutional and a violation of Title IX for schools to bar students from using the bathroom that matches their gender identity.” The article also quoted U.S. Circuit Judge Henry Floyd, who wrote the majority opinion. “At the heart of this appeal is whether equal protection and Title IX can protect transgender students from school bathroom policies that prohibit them from affirming their gender. We join a growing consensus of courts in holding that the answer is resoundingly yes.”
Ironically, the court’s opinion differs sharply from the consensus of a growing number of doctors. The leftists love talking about “following the science.” However, these scientists hold that the psychological underpinnings of the court’s decision are seriously flawed.
Biological science is irrefutable about sex change. There is no such thing as being “transgender.” An individual’s sex is determined at conception. Every one of a person’s millions of chromosomes confirms that determination.
The medical science behind “gender affirmation” is even shakier. The novel and mostly untested hormonal “therapies” produce uncertain results. Some methods are so new that doctors know little-to-nothing about their long term effects. They have some impact in altering an individual’s “secondary sexual characteristics” like hair patterns, muscle mass, body fat composition, etc. However, those effects are unpredictable and vary widely among patients.
Attempts to replicate the reproductive organs are entirely ineffective. Radical surgeries may create poor representations, but any change is purely superficial. A male does not become a female – he is merely mutilated. Moreover, these surgeries are irreversible.
The Psychological Damage
The psychological effects of such operations are even less certain. In an interview with Dr. André Van Mol, Dr. Jennifer Roeback Morse, author of The Sexual State, discussed the bad science behind the treatment.
Dr. Van Mol is co-chair of the American College of Pediatricians’ Committee on Adolescent Sexuality and co-chairs the Transgender Task Force for the Christian Medical and Dental Association. He compared the scientific environment surrounding this transgender issue to the use of lobotomies to “treat” mental illnesses during the fifties.
Their discussion begins with the American Journal of Psychiatry (AJP)’s retraction of a study published in 1982. For almost two decades, the retracted research was used to support the idea that surgery was an effective treatment for those suffering from “gender dysphoria.” For a major medical journal to retract an article on a major medical issue is rare, virtually unprecedented. This retraction casts doubt on the pseudo-science called “gender affirmation.”
Dr. Van Mol also pointed out that gender dysphoria can stem from adverse childhood events and traumas, mental health problems, drug use, and developmental conditions like autism. Sex “change” surgery does not improve the mental or physical health of the patient. He explained the effect. “Where’s the call to truly help those suffering from gender dysphoria to accept themselves? “Affirmation” of internal gender conflict doesn’t solve the underlying problems. That’s when the despair kicks in.”
The despair that comes from these irreversible surgeries is genuine. Dr. Van Mol cited statistics that those who undergo sex “change” surgery are nineteen times more likely to commit suicide and result in three times more psychiatric hospitalizations than those who do not undergo surgery.
Indeed, the doctor cites the international standard for care in such cases. The key phrase is “watchful waiting.” In other words, carefully treat the underlying mental conditions, but don’t take any irreversible steps. In his opinion, most patients’ symptoms will desist by the age of twenty-one.
The Vulnerability of Children
Unfortunately, the law is not on Dr. Van Mol’s side.
Brandon Showalter of The Christian Post reveals that a growing “industry” has grown up around these immoral practices. He paints a harrowing picture of vulnerable young people who fall under the influence of “advocates,” sometimes through school clubs known as “Gay-Straight Alliances” without their parent’s knowledge.
These advocates adroitly use the law to remove such children from the influence of objecting parents. Well-heeled leftist organizations – including Planned Parenthood – “help” these young people obtain the “treatments” that they, under the advocate’s influence, say that they desire.
This is not a pretty topic. It involves moral issues that transcend the medical complications. Many traditionally-minded people prefer to ignore such awful realities. Others are afraid of being politically incorrect concerning these practices. At the same time, fighting for morality and civilization requires information and action. The recent court decision has opened the door of the school to transgenderism in practice. It is long past time for this medical-legal madness to stop.
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