US Out Of Step With World On Transgender Treatments For Kids, Medical Org Quietly Acknowledges

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The World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) acknowledged that the U.S. medical establishment’s approach to minors with gender identity issues is out of step with much of the developed world in a Nov. 25 statement.

WPATH is a vocal proponent of cross-sex medical interventions including hormones and surgeries for minors with gender identity issues, and the organization is staunchly critical of a therapy-based approach that aims to help children come to terms with their natural bodies. The group appeared to reverse course on its denial that the U.K. is moving away from the “gender affirmation” approach in a recent condemnation of the country’s emerging standards of care, as originally reported by City Journal. (RELATED: Doctors Are Giving Gender Confused Children ‘Puberty Blockers’ Used To Castrate Sex Offenders)

Finland, Sweden and the U.K. agree that there’s insufficient evidence that the purported benefits of puberty blockers and hormones outweigh their risks, according to City Journal, but the U.S. medical establishment and the Biden administration continue to promote irreversible biomedical interventions for children with gender identity issues.

WPATH claimed Nov. 22 that England’s National Health Service (NHS) was merely expanding its research on childhood use of puberty blockers and suggested the NHS was not restricting transgender medications for youth. Days later, WPATH condemned the NHS’s October guidelines, claiming its proposed restrictions on child gender transitions constituted “gatekeeping” which would “likely to cause enormous harm and exacerbate the higher rates of suicidality” for children with gender identity disorders.

The NHS’s Oct. 22 guidance states that the primary intervention for children with gender identity issues will be psychological support. It comes after an independent review of the Gender Identity Development Service at the London Tavistock Clinic found that the service was rushing young patients onto puberty blockers and not adequately safeguarding children.

WPATH did not respond to the Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.

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