American Academy of Pediatrics Guidelines Support Surgical and Hormonal Transition of Children
- Thanks for your time.
First of all can you summarize
what these new guidelines are saying?
- Essentially the AmericanAcademy of Pediatrics
has capitulated to politics.
They are essentially promoting the lie
that children are borntransgender, cannot change
and that this is healthy and that we need
to back them up.
- One word used a lot indiscussing transgender
identity is gender dysphoria.
Can you explain what that is doctor?
- Sure gender dysphoria is real.
It's an upset, an emotional disconnect
with your biological sex.
And fewer than one percent,less than one percent
of young children may experience this.
But the key is if they are supported
through their naturalpuberty, over 80 percent
will come to accept their biological sex
by late teenage years.
- Are children mature enough to make
these decisions whenthey're in their pre-teens
and teen years?
- Absolutely not.
This is first of all,there's no rigorous science
to say that anyone is born this way.
In fact twin studies tell us the opposite,
that this is confusion,this problem in the mind
is due to psychological issues,
family dynamics, socialization.
You're now dealing with children who are
ages eight to the teen years.
There's reasons we don'tlet them drive cars,
we don't let them vote.
Why, because they arenot cognitively mature.
And yet these gender activists in the AAP
are trying to tell usthat eight year olds,
nine year old, 13 yearolds are mature enough
to decide whether or notthey should be infertile
for life, whether or not they should have
a double mastectomy at age 13.
This is pure insanity.
- Is there anythingthat you find concerning
regarding the new guidelines?
- Well, I think we've prettymuch just summed that up.
When modern medicine sacrifices the health
and wellness on the alterof political correctness,
in the case of these kids who are confused
about their biologicalsex, we are sentencing them
to a lifetime of sterility and really,
Not to mention all ofthe serious side effects
that sex change hormones have,
namely risk of heartattack, high blood pressure,
strokes, even some cancers.
So yes, it's very concerning.
The American College of Pediatricians
stands as an alternativepediatric organization,
one that truly puts thehealth and well-being
of children ahead of politics.
- The Academy doctor,says that it established
these guidelines in partbecause of the number
of suicides among youth
who struggle with gender identity.
Do you think this is the route to go.
You pretty much declaredyour position on this.
But maybe talk a littlebit more in relation
to the number of suicides.
- So true, that suicide
that the rate of attempting suicide
is more prevalent among children
who are confused about their sex.
However, there is no proof
that the same
underlying cause for the gender dysphoria,
the same underlyingcause for that confusion
about sex, could also betriggering the suicide.
So that's number one.
The Academy is just assumingthat, "Oh, they're feeling
"suicidal because no onewill affirm their confusion."
You can't assume that in science.
The other thing is we knowadults who transition.
Their suicide rates do not decrease.
- Okay, Dr. Michelle Cretella.
Thank you so much for your insights today.