BreakPoint: Sacrificing Children to Trans Ideology

An Unscientific Federal Study

Don’t be fooled by the scientific-sounding jargon. Transgender ideology is just that: an ideology—and it’s one that’s endangering lives. Stay tuned to BreakPoint.

What do you do, as a Christian, when someone cites a “scientific study” allegedly proving that transgender kids do well with hormone therapy and sex reassignment surgery? Well, you’ve got to ask questions.

That’s certainly the right strategy for a  new $5.7 million study just commissioned by the National Institutes of Health.

Writing at Public Discourse, Jane Robbins and Erin Tuttle predict that this study, once completed, will become the go-to evidence for supporters of so-called “affirmation therapy.” In other words, it will be used to support chemically and surgically altering the developing and healthy bodies of children, to make them look like those of the opposite sex.

The study’s methodology, authors, and stated purpose all make it clear that it’s crafted to produce a predetermined conclusion: that “transgender affirmation therapy is safe and effective for gender-dysphoric youngsters.” The study’s authors all but admit this, writing in their abstract that their goal is “to use cross-sex hormones in order to induce development of desired secondary sexual characteristics that bring the body into closer alignment with the youth’s internal sense of gender.”

Notice the appropriateness of altering a child’s body to harmonize with his or her preferred gender is just assumed; it’s not evaluated. And this assumption is destructive, even sometimes deadly.

Let’s be clear about what “affirmation therapy” really means: Children are given high doses of puberty-suppressing drugs. Doctors then flood their systems with testosterone or estrogen to induce the formation of opposite-sex characteristics like breasts in males and facial hair in females. Some patients, partway through this process, will undergo “sex-reassignment surgery” in which their internal and even external genitals are removed or remodeled.

This so-called “treatment” will render them infertile for life and can create a host of side-effects, like cancer, infections, gallbladder diseases, and spikes in blood pressure. There is also no long-term research on how these high doses of hormones affect bodies in the long run—bodies that weren’t designed to handle them in the first place.

There is, however, abundant data on the psychological damage of medically “transitioning.” One study from Great Britain found that 20 percent of patients who’d undergone this procedure regretted it. Walt Heyer, a man who formerly lived as a transgender woman and now identifies with his biological sex once again, thinks that’s a serious underestimation.

He cites research showing that 41 percent of post-operative patients attempt suicide, 90 percent have a “significant form of psychopathology,” and half have depressive symptoms.

The NIH is apparently ignoring all this, and it’s clear even at this early stage that they’ve got a conclusion in search of an argument. All four of the doctors and clinics selected to conduct the research are deeply invested in transgender ideology. Two already conduct irreversible hormonal transitions, sometimes on children as young as 14 years old. And one calls therapies aimed at reconciling kids with their biological sex “dangerous.”

But what’s truly dangerous is that this deeply unscientific project will not only harm the children involved, it’s largely unnecessary. Robbins and Tuttle cite research showing that 80 to 90 percent of gender dysphoric children will accept their biological sex by late adolescence. In other words, they often grow out of it.

Yet the NIH is paying for research—with our tax dollars—to engrave these feelings irreversibly on children’s bodies—all at a time when they’re too young to fully understand the consequences.

Like almost everything, this comes down to worldview. Transgender activists believe that feelings define people. And if our feelings are out-of-sync with our bodies, then our bodies must change—through any chemical or surgical means necessary.

But beginning with this conclusion and then crafting a study to prove it isn’t science. In fact, it’s more like a religion that’s demanding child sacrifice.


Sacrificing Children to Trans Ideology: An Unscientific Federal Study

Get the facts on the latest ideology-du-jour: read “What’s Wrong with the New NIH Study on Transgender Kids?” The article by Jane Robbins and Erin Tuttle is linked below, along with other information related to this devastating practice.




What's Wrong with the New NIH Study on Transgender Kids?
  • Jane Robbins and Erin Tuttle | | January 17, 2018
Transgender Regret Is Real Even If The Media Tell You Otherwise
  • Walt Heyer | The Federalist | August 19, 2015

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  • sandraleesmith46

    Pediatricians have already come out hard against this so called “therapy” as DANGEROUS and UNHEALTHY for children.

  • Indigo Blue

    In my own opinion true transgenderism does need to be properly addressed. But as someone who was gender dysphoric as a child, I have been concerned about the current trend to just accept a child’s statement at face value. Puberty did not “correct” or “clear up” my personal confusion, but by then I was old enough to recognize that I wasn’t transgendered and I could research and analyze what I was feeling and what information was out there. Transgenderism was also still an untalked about subject back then.

    In some ways it is very good that it is well known now and people are aware and talking about it. But the issues underlying gender confusion -which can widely vary between families and individuals- and true transgenderism are separate things and need to be careful explored. If a gender dysphoric child (pre-puberty) sincerely thinks they are transgendered and the parents accept that without asking deeper questions, the rates of anxiety and depression, and maybe suicide, will only skyrocket among the “transgendered” community. I use quotes because gender dysphoria counted as transgenderism will only harm those truely transgendered and those who were told/believed they were transgendered but whose confusion stems from undiagnosed or misunderstood root issues.

    I guess ultimately I’m trying to say that I agree with those who advocate waiting or pursuing therapy for minors who show signs of or outright say they are transgendered. The sooner true transgenderism can be identified and addressed, the better for the child and family. But we absolutely don’t want gender confused children misdiagnosed as that will neither help with their personal issues, and will ultimately be harmful to those who are transgendered. The trouble is currently that view is seen as a direct attack on transgenderism and the LGTB+ community. And I do understand why! You look into conversion therapy and the barbaric psychiatric treatments used in the past, and it’s easy to understand the fear. Which is why we need studies that present the truth, even if it includes the negative. And we need personal accounts on both sides -those that have had successful transitions and those that have regretted it and all the shades in between. This is the only way we can support those who have gone through it and those who are about to take those steps.

    • Christopher Barnes

      I appreciate your position. If only we could have rational discussions…

  • bill

    Why do those who have degrees in Biblical Studies and Masters of Divinity think that they have the God given right to speak to complex issues like Gender Dysphoria ? They do not have any degrees in any of the human sciences. Not bioscience, no medical specialties, not pathology, nor neurology, no psychology, no genetical, not biochemistry, none , just Biblical theology. It is time for humble acknowlegement that Biblical studies are insufficient to address the complicated realities of the human condition. The last time I had a lingering medical condition of concern I did not call my pastor or my biblical theology professor but I did make a visit to my doctor who sent me directly to the nearest Hospital emergency. Many tests were taken, many studies were made, I was very thankful for the doctors and nurses that worked to treat my condition. This article in my opinion shows how the Evangelical Christian voice has lost its credibility in today’s world.