By Michael Baggot
TORONTO, Ontario, May 16, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Ontario’s health insurance plan will pay for “sex-change” operations for the first time in a decade, Health Minister George Smitherman confirmed yesterday.
"(It would) probably affect between eight and 10 people in Ontario, who after having very, very sustained psychological evaluations would be deemed by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health as appropriate candidates to receive a surgical intervention," Smitherman speculated.
Ontario began covering the bill for “sex-change” operations in 1971, but ceased doing so in 1998 under the Progressive Conservative government.
In 2006, the Ontario Human Rights Commission required compensation for three patients midway through preparation for sex-change surgery during the 1998 insurance plan change.
The Centre Metropolitain de Chirurgie Plastique, a private hospital in Montreal, has already been offering “sex-change” procedures to patients for $17 thousand.
The Health Minister added yesterday that he would give more details about funding for “sex-change” operations in a few weeks when discussing funding plans for the province’s health-care services.
Smitherman, appointed Health Minister in 2003 by Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty, is an openly active homosexual, infamous for advancing sexually permissive social policies.
While many psychiatrists have promoted “sex-change” operations based upon the notion that “gender” is a cultural construct distinct from one’s genetically determined sex, other prominent psychiatrists have rejected the prudence of so-called “sex-change” operations.
After he became Psychiatrist-in-Chief at Johns Hopkins University, Paul McHugh found that “sex-change” operations failed to solve patients’ difficulties with relationships, work, or emotions.
In his First Things article, “Surgical Sex,” McHugh recounts finding the “transgendered” participants in “sex-change” operations unpersuasive evidence for the surgery’s effectiveness.
“The post-surgical subjects struck me as caricatures of women. They wore high heels, copious makeup, and flamboyant clothing; they spoke about how they found themselves able to give vent to their natural inclinations for peace, domesticity, and gentleness—but their large hands, prominent Adam’s apples, and thick facial features were incongruous (and would become more so as they aged).”
“Women psychiatrists whom I sent to talk with them would intuitively see through the disguise and the exaggerated postures. ‘Gals know gals,’ one said to me, ‘and that’s a guy.’”
Following his extensive research into the “sex-change” phenomena, McHugh ended “sex-change” operations at John Hopkins and has encouraged other facilities to do the same.
“I concluded that Hopkins was fundamentally cooperating with a mental illness. We psychiatrists, I thought, would do better to concentrate on trying to fix their minds and not their genitalia.”
See related LifeSiteNews.com coverage:
Openly Homosexual Ontario Health Minister Seeking to Become a “Dad”
Read Dr. McHugh’s article:
Learn more about the “sex-change” phenomena:
To politely express your concern to the Health Minister:
Ministry of Health & Long-Term Care
Hepburn Block, 10th Floor, 80 Grosvenor Street
Toronto, ON, M7A 2C4
Community Action Centre
514 Parliament Street