CONSENSUS IS NOT SCIENCE, whether we’re talking about climate or sexual identity. As often as not, it’s simply greed and stupidity grossly magnified.
Last week, I argued that transgender warriors can make their case only by denying basic science. To support my position, I cited to the American College of Pediatricians’ official statement on transgenderism. The statement relies upon such studies as are available on transgenderism (a disorder that has been the subject of far too few studies considering its prominence in today’s “news” media and social media), including the most recent comprehensive analysis of transgender hormonal and surgical treatment. I recommend reading the statement, which is written in plain English but, if you don’t want to, these are the main takeaways:
- People’s sex is genetically determined;
- Human sex is binary;
- There are an extremely small number of genetic miscodings that do leave children stuck between the two numbers;
- Modern transgenderism is a mental disorder;
- The vast majority of children will align their mental sexual identity with their body by the time they pass through adolescence;
- Transgender people suffer inordinately high rates of suicide and other depressive ills, Gender “reassignment” does not change this sad statistic; and
- The humane and loving thing to do for people who identify as transgender is to address the underlying mental disorder, rather than encouraging dangerous hormone therapy and surgically-performed body mutilation.
After I published my post, I received an email from a physician castigating me for relying on a “hoax,” “fake” website. This resulted in an interesting email exchange. When I heard “hoax” and “fake,” my first thought was that I’d erred because there is no such organization as the American College of Pediatricians (“the ACP”) and that the facts at the webpage are false and rely on made-up studies. In other words, I thought the physician’s charge meant that the entire page was made up out of whole cloth.
Worried that I might have misinformed my readers, I hastily searched the internet for more information about the ACP. I heaved a sigh of relief when I learned that it is a real organization, made up of real pediatricians, with real medical degrees. A small group of physicians formed the ACP back in 2002 because they were disturbed by the fact that the American Academy of Pediatrics (“the AAP”), which is the oldest and largest pediatric society in America, had taken a leftward turn, and was abandoning science in favor of trendy Leftist pop culture:
The American College of Pediatricians is a national organization of pediatricians and other healthcare professionals dedicated to the health and well-being of children. It was founded by a group of concerned physicians who saw the need for a pediatric organization that would not be influenced by the politically driven pronouncements of the day. The College bases its policies and positions upon scientific truth within a framework of ethical absolutes. Of particular importance to the founders were (as it is today) the sanctity of human life from conception to natural death and the importance of the fundamental mother-father family (female-male) unit in the rearing of children. The first official meeting of the newly formed college was held in Boston in October 2002. Since its inception, it has grown to have membership representation across the U.S. and in several other countries. The College’s home office is in Gainesville, Florida.
The ACP’s goal is to bring science back to medicine, to value life, and to support traditional nuclear families in the belief that those families are the best things for a child’s well-being:
The American College of Pediatricians:
- Recognizes that there are absolutes and scientific truths that transcend relative social considerations of the day.
- Recognizes that good medical science cannot exist in a moral vacuum and pledges to promote such science.
- Recognizes the fundamental mother-father family unit, within the context of marriage, to be the optimal setting for the development and nurturing of children and pledges to promote this unit.
- Recognizes the unique value of every human life from the time of conception to natural death and pledges to promote research and clinical practice that provides for the healthiest outcome of the child from conception to adulthood.
- Recognizes the essential role parents play in encouraging and correcting the child and pledges to protect and promote this role.
- Recognizes the physical and emotional benefits of sexual abstinence until marriage and pledges to promote this behavior as the ideal for adolescence.
- Recognizes that health professionals caring for children must maintain high ethical and scientific standards and pledges to promote such practice.
- Recognizes the vital role the College has in promoting quality education for parents, physicians, and other health professionals.