Documentary Explores Oft-Ignored Criticism of “Gender Affirming” Healthcare for Children

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There is no doubt that the conversation surrounding transgender health care for children is one that is fraught with emotion and complexities, but all too often, any perspective other than the mainstream is met with hostility.

Such is the case in the medical world, where, as the documentary highlights, corporate politics might be taking precedent over the best interest of the patient.

When it comes to children, this is a grievous concern that deserves, at the very least, careful consideration.

The Daily Signal recently highlighted the film, “Trans Mission: What’s the Rush to Reassign Gender?” which was produced by the Center for Bioethics and Culture.

The documentary is “an exposé of the ‘gender affirming’ health care model and its destruction on children’s minds, bodies, and families as told by detransitioners—individuals who have undergone hormonal or surgical interventions to change their gender but decided to revert back—as well as medical professionals and parents of transgender children.”

Across the country, parents are finding themselves caught between their own hesitancy to subject their children to hormone treatments and surgery and the sometimes bullying pressure of doctors to go along with the currently accepted approach to treating transgender children.

“The pediatrician said if I didn’t affirm my daughter’s identity, and I didn’t get her the help that she needed, and she killed herself, I was going to feel awfully guilty—right in front of my daughter,” one distraught parent said.

Dr. Andre Van Mol, a board-certified family medicine practitioner explained in the film that the gender-affirming model is often characterized to parents as a life or death issue—“Do you want a live son or a dead daughter?”

He also said that parents are often told that the early stages of transition are reversible, but that this is not necessarily the case. There is currently no long-term evidence to suggest that detransitioning decreases suicidal tendencies and can have irreversible health impacts, from infertility to blood clots.

Dr. Van Mol advises parents to exercise more caution when adapting these treatments, and to consider the underlying psychological issues that often accompany gender dysphoria. Chillingly, he also noted the profitability of transition treatments and drugs to pharmaceutical companies, floating one major hurdle which could be preventing alternative opinions from being entertained in the medical industry.

Indeed, as Hacsi, who resumed life as a man after living as a woman for many years, warns parents in the documentary that children do not possess the maturity to make the weighty decision to transition, just as they cannot be trusted to make sound judgements about taking drugs or driving a vehicle.

At one time, Hacsi never would have imagined he’d detransition, but he eventually was faced with the conviction that his female identity was “undermining women.”

Meanwhile Jade, who detransitioned from life as a man, warned parents to consider the deeper issues behind a desire to transition. In her case, she had thought she could escape the trauma of enduring sexual abuse as a child but found that even when her body was changed, her pain remained.

As one parent explained, the motivation behind parents who are pushing back against the gender-affirming model is not based in intolerance or insufficient love, but rather, an overabundance of concern for children.

“The reason I’m being difficult in this is not because I don’t love her. It’s because I love her so much that I am willing to take on this whole ideology just to protect her from potentially making an irreversible decision in her future, and even if that means she wants to hate me and she doesn’t want to talk to me, I love her enough that I’m willing to keep fighting for her,” mother Brynne said.

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