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UK joins France, Finland and Sweden backing off “gender-affirming care”, but Biden doubles down

If you’re thinking that traditional morality is gone for good, then I have a nice post for you. Sometimes, when people go down a wrong road, they realize that they have made a terrible mistake and they turn back. One way that people realize they have gone wrong is by being honest about the consequences of their own actions. Instead of defending the bad choices, they admit they chose badly.

Here’s the latest from Christina Buttons, over at Daily Wire:

After conducting a systematic review of evidence, England’s National Health Service has proposed new guidelines for treating trans-identifying youth, abandoning their previous endorsement of the “gender-affirming” model of care for a more cautious approach to treating gender dysphoria in minors.

The NHS now recognizes that children and adolescents identifying as transgender may be experiencing a “transient phase” and warns that doctors should not encourage them to change their names and pronouns, as “social transition” is not a “neutral act” and could have “significant effects” in terms of “psychological functioning.”

The new guidelines “reflect evidence that in most cases gender incongruence does not persist into adolescence” for young children. The guidance states that instead of encouraging transition, physicians should take “a watchful approach,” directly contrasting the American Academy of Pediatrics’ 2018 policy, equating “watchful waiting” with a “harmful” form of “conversion therapy.”

The NHS guidelines indicate that services will now be led by medical doctors rather than therapists, and will consider the impact of autism and other common co-occurring mental health issues. The new guidance also bans the use of puberty blockers in patients under 18, making exceptions only in certain cases for strict clinical trials.

I blogged about how the NHS is being sued by people who transitioned as children and now blame the National Health Service for manipulating them into doing it. I think this is fair. Grown-ups are supposed to provide children with wisdom. They are not supposed to let children make dumb decisions, and just sit their applauding. If grown-ups lead children astray and cause them permanent harm – infertility, permanent removal of organs, etc. – then the grown-ups should have to face legal consequences.

The UK is only the latest country to get more cautious as they learn more about how these things really work.

The New York Post reported on Sweden last month:

 In February, Sweden — a progressive country previously on the cutting edge of providing medical services to transgender youth — also reversed course. The Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare updated its guidelines for treating trans youth, scaling back the use of puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones, saying there hasn’t been enough research on their efficacy or side effects.

The Epoch Times reported about France and Finland  in May 2022:

France’s National Academy of Medicine posted in March this year (pdf) that “great medical caution must be taken in children and adolescents, given the vulnerability, particularly psychological, of this population and the many undesirable effects and even serious complications that can be caused by some of the therapies available.”

[…]Finland also announced in 2020 a policy shift for gender dysphoria treatment, with the Finnish Health Authority issuing new guidelines backing psychotherapy rather than puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones for children.

Sadly, America is being led by someone who doesn’t form his views as carefully. Joe Biden is still supporting social transitioning, puberty blockers, hormone replacement, and yes – even sex change surgeries.

Here’s a report from Christian Post:

President Joe Biden declared his support for allowing children and adolescents with gender dysphoria to undergo body mutilating surgeries or use puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones to look more like the opposite sex despite unknowns about longterm side effects.

In multiple documents released Thursday, which is observed by some as the Transgender Day of Visibility, the Biden administration backed what it described as “gender-affirming health care” for children.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Population Affairs released a document titled “Gender Affirming Care and Young People.”

[…]The document lists “top” surgeries —  elective mastectomies and breasts enhancements — and “bottom” surgeries — removal of genitals — as “gender-affirming care.”

That was in march, but he has the same position now. Look at this article from the UK Telegraph:

The US president who hosted a popular trans TikToker at the White House last week, said he believed it was both a moral and legal issue as he spoke to a panel of activists for the NowThis News presidential forum.

When asked if conservative states should have the right to pass laws limiting access to gender reassignment treatments, Mr Biden said in comments published on Sunday: “I don’t think any state or anybody should have the right to do that. As a moral question and as a legal question, I just think it’s wrong.”

A number of Republican governors and lawmakers have backed bills blocking doctors from performing such treatment, especially when it comes to minors, claiming it is dangerous and has the potential to cause irreversible changes in younger patients.

I think we should learn from the mistakes of other countries. But it doesn’t seem like Joe Biden and the Democrats are willing to let the facts mess with their faith.

We get to vote on who should be leading us in November. I hope you go vote, and make sure to put out a yard sign. I’ve had good conversations with neighbors and visitors, because I have 4 on my front yard. Now is the time for good conversations.

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