(LifeSiteNews) – A group of medical experts commended Swedish health officials for announcing sweeping restrictions on dangerous transgender drugs for minors, saying the move will help safeguard vulnerable children.
In updated guidelines last month, the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare (NBHW) recommended “restraint” regarding cross-sex hormones and puberty blockers for children, pointing to significant side-effect risks and “uncertain science.”
Hormonal interventions will be now prohibited entirely for minors who develop gender dysphoria after the start of puberty, NBHW said, and otherwise may only be used in research settings or “exceptional cases.” Gender dysphoria is a mental illness due to a so-called “gender identity” at odds with an individual’s biological sex.
The risks of hormone drugs “outweigh the possible benefits,” the NBHW concluded. The agency had previously approved the drugs for gender-confused children in 2015.
The Society for Evidence-based Gender Medicine (SEGM), an international non-profit organization of more than 100 physicians and researchers, welcomed Sweden’s reversal as an “impressive step.”
The new guidance means that eligibility for “puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones in Sweden will be sharply curtailed,” the group said in a post last week. “The update to the Swedish treatment guidelines represents an impressive step toward safeguarding the growing numbers of gender dysphoric youth from medical harm arising from inappropriate gender transition.”
“SEGM hopes that other countries will follow Sweden’s example, independently examining the body of evidence and issuing evidence-based guidelines for medical care,” the organization said.
The NBHW guidelines cited an evidence review last month by the Swedish Board of Medical and Social Evaluation (SBU), which found that there have never been any quality studies on the use of hormone drugs in children with gender dysphoria. The review added that long-term effects of the drugs, including on cognitive function and body mass, can’t be determined.
Puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones are both linked to serious and life-threatening side effects, such as heart attack, increased risk of stroke, osteoporosis, and liver problems, as well as sterility and other fertility issues.
In 2019, LifePetitions launched a similar petition on behalf of Jeff Younger (the father) and his son James, asking for support and for the Texas state authorities to intervene in a unbelievable case in which the Dallas courts keep flip-flopping over which parent has parental rights and, ultimately, whether or not James must be forced to live as a girl and suffer the trauma of so-called gender "transitioning," as his mom believes he is a girl.
Incredibly, we now seem to be back at square one.
Jeff Younger currently has a gag order put on him, which prohibits him to speak out in defense of his son. But, because he has recently decided to ignore that order, to save his son from irreversible surgery, this brave Dad now faces possible arrest.
Please SIGN and SHARE this urgent petition which does two things: 1) Supports Jeff Younger (again, the Dad) in his fight to save his son, James, from so-called gender "transitioning;" and, 2) Calls on Texas' Attorney General to intervene in this case and quash the gag order against Mr. Younger.
CLICK HERE to WATCH the latest LifeSite interview with Jeff Younger. Hear about the latest developments with his son, as well as the real dangers of gender reassignment surgery and other “transititioning” methods.
Currently, even though he shares 50/50 parental rights to James, which has allowed him to stop the chemical castration of his son, Jeff’s ex-wife recently sued to have full parental rights and to "give her sole medical and psychological decision making."
Jeff is also being threatened with jail time from the gag order, which he believes was intentionally done to stop him from helping pass legislation in Texas to ban sex-change surgeries for minors.
Jeff says that the gag order "prohibits me from speaking on all manner of political topics. And I’m not even allowed to tell you in that gag order whether my son’s a boy or girl."
But Jeff is speaking out, no matter what, because of the real danger that his son is in if he undergoes "transition" surgery.
Indeed, so-called gender "transitions" present many unsafe effects, some desired, some undesired, though all dangerous for one's physical and mental health.
Puberty-blocking drugs and cross-sex hormones have not been proven safe. For example, the FDA has NOT approved Lupron and GnRH analogues for use in blocking puberty.
Risks associated with these pharmaceuticals include: low bone density, high blood pressure, weight gain, abnormal glucose tolerance, breast cancer, liver disease, thrombosis, and cardiovascular disease.
And, additional risks and potential harms include:
For Males: Stunting of penile and testicular growth, sexual dysfunction, prevention of spermatogenesis, and disruption of normal brain and bone development.
For Females: A menopause-like state, blockade of normal breast development, decreased blood flow to vagina and vulva, sexual dysfunction, thinning of vaginal epithelium, vaginal atrophy, prevention of menses/ovulation, and disruption of normal brain and bone development.
In other words, these medications can sterilize and cause medical harm to vulnerable, confused children.
And, the stunning part about this: studies show that 85% of gender confused children eventually become comfortable with the sex of their bodies.
Please SIGN and SHARE this urgent petition which supports Jeff Younger, a Texas Dad, who is fighting to prevent his son, James, from being "turned into a girl." At the same time, we appeal to Texas State Attorney General, to intervene in this case and quash the gag order against Jeff.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
'Save James: Father risks arrest to save 9-year-old son from forced gender-transition': https://www.lifesitenews.com/blogs/save-james-father-risks-arrest-to-save-9-year-old-son-from-forced-gender-transition
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE DANGERS OF PUSHING GENDER IDEOLOGY ON CHILDREN:
Many eminent psychiatrists are now speaking against the faulty notion that sex is fluid and a matter of choice. In particular, they are concerned about the welfare of children and young people in this regard.
Dr Paul McHugh, former psychiatrist-in-chief at Johns Hopkins University, who has researched the occurrence of gender dysphoria for 40 years, has stated that the notion of gender fluidity "is doing much damage to families, adolescents, and children and should be confronted as an opinion without biological foundation wherever it emerges". [See more below.]
And, the American College of Pediatricians (ACP) is definite about the promotion of transgenderism as being harmful public policy:
"Human sexuality is an objective biological binary trait: 'XY' and 'XX' are genetic markers of health – not genetic markers of a disorder. The norm for human design is to be conceived, either male or female…Conditioning children into believing that a lifetime of chemical and surgical impersonation of the opposite sex is normal and healthful is child abuse. Endorsing gender discordance as normal via public education and legal policies will confuse children and parents…” [Read more below.]
Here is what Dr Paul McHugh said on this topic: https://www.cnsnews.com/blog/michael-w-chapman/johns-hopkins-psychiatrist-transgendered-men-dont-become-women-they-become
This is the ACP statement on Gender Ideology: http://www.acpeds.org/the-college-speaks/position-statements/gender-ideology-harms-children
About the medical risks associated with medical interventions to attempt to change the sex of the body: https://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2020/01/59422/
About some of the unconscionable practices some medical professionals are engaged in:
SEGM also pointed out limitations of the Swedish guidelines, which don’t protect vulnerable young adults at risk of lifelong damage from “gender transition” procedures.
The number of young people between ages 18 and 25 with “significant mental health comorbidities” who are diagnosed with gender dysphoria “has risen rapidly in recent years as have reports of regret and detransition from this group,” SEGM said. “The need to safeguard this vulnerable cohort requires careful consideration because though they are recognized as ‘young adults,’ this cohort is distinctly different from mature adults due to differences in terms of brain maturity and life experiences.”
And SEGM raised concerns about Sweden’s plans to ramp up psychotherapy and “gender exploration” as alternatives to hormonal interventions, saying that “it is not clear how this expertise will be developed and scaled.”
But the updated recommendations in the liberal Scandinavian country, SEGM noted, are a major departure from standards pushed by the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH), a radical, pro-LGBT group frequently cited as a leading authority on “gender transition.”
WPATH draft guidelines announced earlier this year advocate for drugs and “sex change” surgeries as the standard approach to gender dysphoria in children, with no minimum age for puberty blockers. Inability to consent “should not be an impediment” to “gender transition” procedures, said the group, which recommends mastectomies for adolescent girls with gender confusion.
Swedish health officials’ shift on transgender hormone drugs follows a report in November revealing that more than a dozen minors given puberty blockers at Sweden’s Karolinska Children’s Hospital suffered “severe injuries” as a result. One 11-year-old girl ended up with osteoporosis and damaged vertebrae due to the drugs, while other children suffered liver damage and reduced bone density, and some became suicidal, Swedish broadcaster SVT reported.
Karolinska Children’s Hospital, known for one of the country’s most prominent “gender identity” clinics, announced in May that it will no longer prescribe hormones and puberty blocking drugs for gender dysphoria, except in clinical trials.
The pediatric hospital was the first in Sweden to conduct “gender identity assessments” and performed mutilating “sex change” surgeries on kids, including a girl subjected to a mastectomy at just 14 years old. The five other Swedish “gender identity” centers have reportedly backed away from the practices as well in recent months.