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What is child abuse? The transgender issue is polarising medicine as well as community.

What is child abuse? The transgender issue is polarising medicine as well as community.

There are two mutually exclusive “affirming” pathways of approach to the young child wishing to transgender i.e. affirming and reassuring of birth sex vs affirming of feeling sex, and only one of them can be right and only one can be labelled as child abuse.

This is a clear ethical divide in which it is essential for medicine, not activists and not governments, to be decisive and authoritative. There is no neutral, no opt-out.

Transgender activists accuse parents of abuse if they fail to affirm the child’s “transgendering”. They also accuse doctors if they fail to affirm.

But, with the knowledge that 70-80% of such children will “desist” spontaneously and that 98% will desist with education and counselling, it seems clear that giving hormone treatment to delay development of secondary sex characteristics thus perpetuating feelings of wrong gender, and further, the amputation of normal sexual organs, is medical and surgical abuse.

And so it is that senior respected paediatricians, with good justification, are confirming that to affirm “feelings”, in direct contradiction to anatomical evidence, is abuse.

Normal opposite sex “behaviour” in children is not to be considered evidence of transgender. To label such children as being transgender or “gender diverse” itself creates confusion and is abuse.

And we certainly should not teach gender exploration in our schools as if it was something to explore, to “find out what gender you really are”. Are we already seeing an artificial “collective” of children wishing to transgender?

Thought disorder in childhood can take many forms e.g. that the birth mother is “not my real mother”, or “I am blind, I cannot see”, or “I am deaf, I cannot hear”, or “I am paralysed, I cannot walk” and then acting out the dysphoria as if an actual disability.

We would not contemplate affirming these dysphorias. Nor should we with gender dysphoria. It is no more possible to deny an erect penis that can also ejaculate than it is to deny the presence of eyes that react to light.

It may be possible to say “I don’t want to be the sex I am” but it is not possible to deny the physical actuality.

To share in and reinforce the deceptive thought and be convinced that it is real is an example of folie à deux – a shared delusional state – or even folie en famille when it might involve others in the family.

Despite the physical, medical and genetic illogic (yes, “nonsense”) of the transgender argument it is gaining momentum in the medical community as illustrated by the inclusion in the Medical Journal of Australia 6 August 2018 Volume 209 No 3 of the Consensus Statement by the Australian and New Zealand Professional association for Transgender Health that states “practices attempting to change a person’s gender identity to be more aligned with their sex assigned at birth… lack efficacy, are considered unethical, and may cause lasting damage…”.

This is another threat to the future of Medicine as we have known it to be. Should doctors not come out in outright condemnation of this as we have with other public health issues? Yes, we can and should be civil to adults who have made the transition, but yes, there is a time to condemn destructive coercion of our children.

And our lawmakers certainly should not be legislating in this madness perpetuating child abuse – folie en parlement.

For our children’s sake!

PS Will you vote to approve child abuse? There is no neutral, no opt-out.

PS2 There are now reports from the USA of mastectomies in thirteen-year-old girls.

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