“I think [transgenderism] is a horror because we’re experimenting on children. This is medical experimentation,” Jennifer Lahl, a longtime pediatric critical care nurse, told LifeSiteNews.
“We’re allowing children with their parents’ permission to do things with their body that we have no idea what the short and long term harms are going to be,” said Lahl.
As founder and President of the Center for Bioethics and Culture, Lahl created the documentary Trans Mission: What’s the Rush to Reassign Gender?, which features interviews with pediatricians, pediatric endocrinologists, parents, and men and women who regret the irreversible changes from attempted gender “change.”
The film discusses common contributing factors to gender dysphoria, making the case that the desire to change one’s sex is often a coping mechanism that ignores the root psychological causes of the dysphoria.
“When we’re speaking of rapid onset gender dysphoria, [there is] overwhelming probability that there was something messy going on in the family, a bad divorce or something like that,” Andre Van Mol, M.D., a board certified family physician, explained in the film.
As Van Mol speaks, a list of potential causes and contributing factors to gender dysphoria is displayed, including sexual trauma, autism, immersion in transgender culture, being bullied for not conforming to gender stereotypes, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
“There’s those kind of underlying issues that need to be dealt with. And the understanding was that since they’re tied together… support toward helping those mental health issues, overcoming the traumas, the adverse childhood events, helping family dynamics – that when you help to correct those, you will also be helping to correct the gender dysphoria. That’s the idea of watchful waiting.”
Lahl explained to LifeSite, “What doctors owe these families is to do a good assessment: What’s going on in the home? What’s going on in the school? Is this child being bullied?”
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:
Lahl said the film also addresses the desire to change gender as a way to cope with the “rough time” of puberty.
“Now we deal with this natural thing called puberty, this awkwardness that sometimes we go through, and say, ‘well there’s something wrong with you, you’re born in the wrong body. So we’re going to allow you to medically and surgically transition your sex.’”
The consequences of attempting gender “transition,” the film reveals, can be far more serious than many parents realize.
One anonymous parent explained that her daughter suffered brain damage as a result of her hormone therapy:
My daughter was on testosterone for four and a half months and it did a lot of damage to her brain. Because she had some underlying issues, she should never have even been prescribed testosterone. So she has a lot of memory problems now and that really bothers her.
The film also highlights testimonies from a man and a woman who regret their attempts to change their gender. The woman, who remains anonymous, described her desire to become a man as a way to dissociate from past traumas.
In addition, the documentary touches on the lawsuit of a young woman from the U.K., Keira Bell, who sued an NHS gender clinic for not “challenging” her more over her desire to “become” a male at age 15. She was suffering from severe depression and anxiety at the time, and came to deeply regret her decision, and the irreversible procedures she underwent.
“She won the lawsuit in the highest courts of the United Kingdom,” explained Lahl. “As those voices kind of mount and there’s more and more of those de-transitioners speaking out, I think that the medical community and the insurance providers who are covering this as a ‘treatment’ are going to be put on notice and there’s going to be some serious lawsuits.”
Lahl told LifeSiteNews that the film’s ultimate goal is “to get people to stop and pause” before deciding to transition or facilitate their child’s transition.
“What I’m hoping is, that we can have a good public debate about this, that we can better understand what we’re doing as it relates to children. And maybe we don’t want to do things that are permanent and irreversible.”
The documentary film is currently available to view for free on YouTube.
Lahl also directed and produced Breeders: A Subclass of Women?, a documentary examining the surrogacy industry; directed Anonymous Father’s Day, about the deep longing of donor-conceived people to know where they came from; and produced Eggsploitation, about the infertility industry and its coercive tactics to harvest eggs from young women.
Abigail Shrier, author of Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters, recently wrote a lengthy article in City Journal titled When the State Comes for Your Kids. She interviewed a number of parents whose children were pushed toward transgenderism by hospital staff (usually during an adolescent mental health crisis) and workers at “youth shelters.” The transgender contagion is a major threat to parental rights, she concluded.