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In Support of Banning Gender Modifying Surgeries and Puberty Blockers for Minors

In response to gender dysphoria (GD) – the condition of feeling one’s emotional and psychological identity to be at variance with one’s birth sex – the medical profession and culture has been normalizing medical intervention and minimizing the effects. An entire industry of medication and invasive surgeries has been built on the deception that hormones and surgery can actually change your sex. They cannot. An individual CAN alter the appearance of their body to reflect a gender different than that defined by their sex organs and chromosomes, but those treatments DO NOT change one’s sex.

When a woman has a hysterectomy, does she become a man? When a woman has a double mastectomy due to a cancer diagnosis, does she become a man? The obvious answer to both of these questions is no. Yet vulnerable children, under the guise of “affirming care”, are being told this blatant lie in the face of uncertain long-term effects of puberty blockers and surgeries.

Do we consider it affirming care to instruct an individual dealing with depression on how to take their own lives? Do we consider it affirming care to instruct an individual dealing with anorexia to exercise compulsively, purge via vomiting and laxatives, and/or binge eat?

Why would we consider it affirming care to encourage a confused adolescent to trade a healthy body to one subject to increased health risks throughout their lifetime. For trans individuals, the quest to create the body that matches their perceptions is a life devoted to drugs and doctors. This is NOT compassionate nor affirming care.

Puberty blockers are NOT Fully Reversible and Carry Increased Health Risks

Supporters of providing puberty blockers to adolescents argue it “gives them time” to consider their gender identity but can be reversed at some point in the future; however, the majority of children who take them do not resume puberty. There is a growing body of evidence showing the harm and irreparable damage of these experimental medical treatments for children with GD.

A long-term study by the Tavistock and Portman National Health Service Foundation Trust, a leading facility for treating gender-dysphoric children in the UK, showed that children’s bone density and normal growth flatlined with puberty blockers as compared to their peers, and participants reported no improvement in their psychological well-being. Other test results show that puberty suppression left up to a third of patients with abnormally low bone density exposing them to future increased risk of fractures and an expected higher risk of osteoporosis.

Given the study’s findings that nearly all children who take puberty blockers end up on cross-sex hormones, it is clear that the drugs do more than give children time to pause to consider their gender identity. Cross-sex hormones carry side effects including sterility, increased risk of cardiovascular disease, increased risk of breast and uterus cancers and other harmful psychoactive effects of high-dose hormones such as mood swings and even psychosis. In addition, the American Heart Association reported “people receiving hormone therapy during gender transition had an elevated risk for cardiovascular events such as strokes, blood clots and heart attacks.”

Follow the Money

An investigation by Matt Walsh into The Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s promotion of gender reassignment surgery for children revealed that the recent adoption of major hospitals performing sex reassignment surgeries comes down to one thing: money masquerading as compassion.

Dr. Shayne Taylor helped launch Vanderbilt’s gender clinic in 2018 and admitted in a lecture delivered that same year that sex-change treatments were very profitable. She noted that insurance carriers are required under Obamacare to cover “medical expenses for trans folks” and bragged that every gender-confused woman who wishes to undergo “top surgery,” otherwise known as a double mastectomy, can bring in $40,000. Vanderbilt got into the gender transition game admittedly in large part because it is very financially profitable. They then threatened any staff members who objected and enlisted trans activists to act as surveillance in order to force compliance.

Dr. Curtis Crane, a plastic surgeon who performs transgender surgery in Austin, Texas, revealed that a biological female undergoing an operation to ‘become male’ can cost between $150,000 to $200,000, while the cost for a male-to-female operation is between $80,000 and $100,000. However, these are just the prices of the initial operations and do not include the patient’s hospital stay, post-op care, or anesthesia.

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, doctors performed 8,304 sex change operations in 2017. In 2018, that number had surged to 9,576. This upward trend is expected to translate into $968 million by 2024, according to Market Watch, citing the Global Sex Reassignment Surgery Market Forecast. That translates into a compound annual growth rate of 24.5% during the projection time period. 

Bottom line: There is a huge financial incentive for some of the loudest supporters of gender modification surgery for minors.

“Body Affirming” Surgeries (WARNING – Graphic)

Vaginoplasty – $10,000 – $30,000

Surgeons construct a vaginal cavity between the rectum and the urethra. A vagina is created out of penile tissue — one with the depth and appearance of a biologically developed vagina. In some cases, there is not enough skin to achieve the necessary vaginal depth, so surgeons will take a skin graft from the upper hip, lower abdomen, or inner thigh.

Vaginectomy – (Unable to determine cost estimate.) Removal of the vagina. A general term that describes two separate procedures: colpectomy (removal of the vaginal lining or epithelium) and colpocleisis (fusion of the vaginal walls to create support for pelvic organs).

Phalloplasty – $20,000-$50,000, or even as high as $150,000

A radial forearm free flap (RFFF) involves taking the skin, fat, nerves, arteries and veins from your wrist to about halfway up your forearm to create a penis.

There are three stages to this procedure.

  • Stage 1: The first stage of an RFFF approach is creating the penis using tissue from the forearm. The area where the forearm tissue is taken will require a skin graft. This may occur at the time of the initial phalloplasty surgery, or it may occur three to five weeks afterward. 
  • Stage 2: The second stage, scheduled about five to six months later, may include lengthening the urethra to allow for urination out of the tip of the penis, creating the scrotum and removing the vagina, and other procedures depending on the patient’s individualized plan.
  • Stage 3: The third stage of surgery involves putting in place testicle implants and an erectile device to help the patient achieve an erection. The third stage typically takes place 12 months after the second.

Bottom line: Gender transition surgeries involve carving up and removing healthy, non-diseased body parts and/or tissue – for a hefty price.

In the Words of Chloe Cole – a detransitioned transgender

“Transitioning… affects every area of your life… [including] your ability to conceive children in the first place, and a lot of people don’t know whether they want to have children until they’re in their thirties or forties or even beyond that.”

“Because of the testosterone, I have permanent changes to my bone structure that cannot be reversed. And I have issues with my urinary tract, . . . and because of the mastectomy, I’ll never be able to breastfeed.”

“They use skin grafts as part of [double mastectomy.] Two years after the surgery, I thought the healing was going fairly well – save for the grafts being slightly dry on the surface. But they started to leak fluid, and I’ve had to start wearing bandages over them again.” 

“It’s not loving to lie to a child. It is not loving to disrupt a child’s natural, healthy development, or to encourage them to do so.”

“I’ve lost all my trust in my health care provider and possibly even health care.”

Informed Consent?

Do we think that adolescents who are prone to act on impulse, often act before they think, fail to pause and consider the consequences of their actions, engage in dangerous or risky behavior, misread or misinterpret social cues can understand the long-term implications of this radical treatment to the human body? Can they provide meaningful informed consent? (Some transition advocates support treatments on those as young as 3 years old. How could a 3-year-old possibly understand the long-term consequences of altering their natural path of development?)

It defies logic.

Keep in mind that only a small number of children with gender dysphoria will continue to have symptoms in later adolescence or adulthood. More than 75% of GD children change their mind about transitioning by the time they become adults. (APA Handbook of Sexuality and Psychology)

Fear of the Lord

We are encouraging a generation of young people to argue with God. To challenge His wisdom in who He has created them to be. Church, we have no excuse. Do not be deceived. We are forbidden to bear false witness, agree with a lie or deny the Creator.

Psalm 139:14 “I will give thanks to you because I have been so amazingly and miraculously made. Your works are miraculous, and my soul is fully aware of this.”

Matthew 19:4 (NIV) “Haven’t you read,” he (Jesus) replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’”

Isaiah 45:9 (New Living Translation) “What sorrow awaits those who argue with their Creator. Does a clay pot argue with its maker? Does the clay dispute with the one who shapes it, saying, ‘Stop, you’re doing it wrong!’ Does the pot exclaim, ‘How clumsy can you be?’

Matthew 18:6 “If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.”

Contact Your Representatives

There are several bills that seek to ban gender modification on minors working their way through the current Texas legislative session. Two identical bills in the Senate and House, respectively, are:

88(R) SB 625 – Introduced version – Bill Text (texas.gov) Senator Donna Campbell, Author

The Senate bill has been referred to the State Affairs committee (District 12 Sen. Tan Parker member)

88(R) HB 1686 – Introduced version – Bill Text (texas.gov) Representative Oliverson, Author

The House bill has been referred to the Public Health committee (Potter County Rep Four Price member)

Please contact your elected representatives and graciously request that they support a ban on gender modifying surgeries and puberty blockers for minors in the state of Texas.

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