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Boston Children’s Hospital Opens Transgendered Clinic for Children

May 20, 2008

 Sometimes I read a story and I just have to shake my head, and now I have read another of those stories. Boston Children’s Hospital is opening a brand new clinic for children. Sounds like a wonderful idea, doesn’t it? But this wing is for children AS YOUNG AS SEVEN YEARS OLD to begin preparation for sex change surgery. Let me repeat this again, THESE CHILDREN ARE AS YOUNG AS SEVEN YEARS OLD! Treatments begin by medicating children to postpone puberty so that they have more time to choose what sex they want to be.

Led by endocrinologist Dr. Norman Spack, the Gender Management Service Clinic is the first U.S. clinic to initiate medical intervention for healthy children on the basis of a “transgender” identification. A 12-year-old German boy who began receiving puberty-blocking hormone treatments last winter in preparation for sex-change “transition” surgery was believed to be the youngest child to receive the treatment at the time.

The Boston clinic will reportedly offer the treatments to children as young as seven years old, according to researcher Ari Taube for MassResistance.

Hormone treatment of pre-pubescent children is intended to prevent normal development of gender characterization in order to ease eventual surgical procedures to complete a change of gender, which can take place once the child is about 16.

 This is really disturbing. Delaying puberty by artificial means cannot be healthy to a child. And it will likely leave the child infertile even if they keep their “birth gender” according to the “doctor” that is overseeing this abusive program.

 Puberty is a confusing time as it is for children and now they are going to be introduced to the idea that maybe they may not be the sex they think they are? That is sure to clear things up, huh? I don’t understand how anybody can think that telling a child this young that they may be transgendered is a good idea. Hell, at that age they barely even know what a gender is.

 Thankfully not everybody thinks this is a good idea, this is what Dr. Paul McHugh, University Distinguished Service Professor of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University had to say:

“I have witnessed a great deal of damage from sex-reassignment.  The children transformed from their male constitution into female roles suffered prolonged distress and misery as they sensed their natural attitudes.  Their parents usually lived with guilt over their decisions-second-guessing themselves and somewhat ashamed of the fabrication, both surgical and social, they had imposed on their sons.”

 How can the hospital agree that this is an appropriate clinic for children to participate in? We are talking about children here. I am at a loss for words, if you want to read more about this click here and here.

 And by the way, if you are thinking about leaving me a comment to tell me about all of the good that Boston Children’s Hospital does, and to berate me for bashing the hospital, don’t bother. I know and understand what Boston Children’s hospital does for children. I know first hand that Boston Children’s Hopital saves the lives of many children every year, trust me. That doesn’t mean that I have to accept this bullshit.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. Terrant permalink
    May 20, 2008 7:45 pm

    I’m at a loss for words.


  2. Deb permalink
    May 21, 2008 7:26 am

    I have one, repugnant. Of course little kids can’t decide this sort of thing on their own, so they might as well just ask the parents, did you want a girl, or a boy?


  3. Alfie permalink
    May 21, 2008 1:21 pm

    Hoping I’m not violating the guidelines here….Children’s Hospital does a lot of stuff that generates $$$ that one would wonder where their ethics are.


  4. May 21, 2008 10:52 pm

    when I saw this I practically screamed “No way!”. WHAT???

    This is unethical and if I was still in Boston I would be over at CHB protesting! Since when do 7 year olds know what they want in life?

    Even teenagers and other young adults may be confused. I have a problem with people changing gender and being recognized by the govt in the first place.


  5. May 22, 2008 6:43 pm

    When you think about the mentallity of a seven year old and then add the pressure of deciding sexual orientation at this age, it just blows the mind. How did we ever get to this point?


  6. Mary-Beth permalink
    August 25, 2008 10:23 am

    Get to know kids going through this. It is the last thing parents want to deal with. Remember when gays were tried to be talked, therapeutically, religion changed. Hopefully we are getting smarter.



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