Norway just passed a new law allowing children six years of age and up to self-identify as whatever sexual orientation they please. In an article by The Associated Press, facts about this new law are detailed:
The Norwegian Parliament passed the legislation in June by a vote of 79-13, and “generated little controversy when it was introduced” …
As long as they have parental consent, children living in Norway can change their gender identity simply by filling out a form online.
“Once their applications are approved, they receive a new national identification number that unlocks the ability to update all forms of identification, from passports and driver's licenses to birth certificates and credit cards,” the AP reports.
To the average person, they accept the new law at face value. But at a closer look, the potential outcomes are disturbing. Robert Oscar Lopez, PhD, who is on the board of the International Children’s Rights Institute, gave voice to the effects of such a law. Lopez was raised by lesbian parents.
“It appears very likely that adults are suggesting these ideas to the children. So this drastic measure, implemented so flippantly, is entirely inappropriate… It feels like manipulation of children, not a way of showing compassion to them.”
To make matters worse, children as young as four years old are being encouraged to “transition” their gender. Being as young as they are, the first concern that comes to mind is that if they make a mistake, such choices will haunt them for the rest of their life.
A study released in August from two Johns Hopkins University scholars contends that there is not sufficient scientific evidence to assert that transgender children are born that way.
The 143-page report argues that there is not enough definitive scientific evidence available to suggest that gay, lesbian and transgender individuals are born with a certain sexual orientation or gender identity.
It also inveighs against adults urging children to taking hormones, or condition them to believe that they are members of the opposite sex.
“Scientific data on persistence of gender dysphoria remains sparse due to the very low prevalence of the disorder in the general population, but the wide range of findings in the literature suggests that there is still much that we do not know about why gender dysphoria persists or desists in children,” the report reads.
We should be concerned for our children. How many of them are able to choose to change gender at such a young age with full accountability? Even if they are not being pressured by parents, they are too young to understand the permanent physical and psychological ramifications of such a decision.
Furthermore, this law denies biological facts, enforcing the idea that gender is mental and not physical. When unrealistic ideas about gender are allowed to influence legislation, policies like these are more likely to emerge.