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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Another form of abuse

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017 12:01 am

Have you heard about Patrick, the Australian boy who struggled with his gender identity?

He was born a boy, but Patrick began transitioning to female when he was only 12 years old. Patrick — a pre-teen biological boy — started taking estrogen hormones to grow breasts and prevent his body from developing male features.

Two years later, he regretted his decision.

Now, at age 14, Patrick is transitioning back to male, a process that will require numerous surgeries. As sad as his story is, Patrick isn't alone. According to the APA's DSM-5, as many as 98 percent of boys and 88 percent of girls struggling with gender dysphoria eventually embrace their biological sex after puberty.

Patrick's mother supported her son's decision to undergo harmful hormone therapy and live life as the other gender. Presumably, his doctors supported his decision, too.

Loving parents should realize their pre-teen children aren't mature enough to make life-altering decisions like this. Walt Heyer, a former transgender who struggled with gender dysphoria as a child and an adult but now helps counsel others wrestling with their gender identity, believes children “should not be subjected to constant affirmation or medically induced cross-gender treatments until age 18.”

Leading doctors agree with Walt Heyer. According to the American College of Pediatricians, “Conditioning children into believing a lifetime of chemical and surgical impersonation of the opposite sex is normal and healthful is child abuse.”

Parents and policymakers need to learn about the destructive consequences of encouraging transgender behavior among youths. Will you help IFI raise awareness about this new form of child abuse? We can't do it without you.

Let's keep children in safe environments at home, at school, and anywhere else.

Indiana Family Institute

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