If children cannot cross the street safely on their own, how can they be given the task of choosing their gender identity?
Last week, a writer at MercatorNet brought to light a number of inconsistencies in advice given by The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).
The AAP recently circulated data among its members indicating that children are unable to safely cross the road on their own until they are at least 14 years of age. However, this same organisation has repeatedly pushed the idea that children under the age of 14 can determine whether or not they are transgender.
In an article in a professional journal called Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, researchers from the University of Iowa found children lack the perceptual judgment and physical skills needed to consistently get across safely.
“Some people think younger children may be able to perform like adults when crossing the street," said co-author Jodie Plumert. "Our study shows that's not necessarily the case on busy roads where traffic doesn't stop.".
This was the case for children aged 6, 8, 10, and 12. Only by the time that kids reached 14 were they competent to cross a busy street.
But as Dr Michelle Cretella, of the American College of Pediatricians, points out in a barbed comment, the AAP frequently promotes the claim that children under 14 are cognitively capable of deciding that they are the wrong sex.
Moreover, the AAP also deems children cognitively competent to consent to puberty blockers, toxic sex hormones and mutilating sex reassignment surgery.
AAP president Bernard P. Dreyer once claimed in a letter to members that “There appears to be no harm — and possible benefit — from ... parent-supported early social transitions,” even for children aged three or four. He even said to transgender kids:
“You are free to be whomever you want to be!”
If children are not mature enough to safely judge when to cross the street, then they are certainly not capable of making complex decisions about their gender identity, particularly if they involve surgery or hormonal treatments. Such interventions will leave many of them scarred for life and worse off than when they started. Some who underwent “gender transition” have spoken out about their transition regret – which haunts them for the rest of their lives.It is sheer lunacy to tell children that they are “free” to undergo gender transitioning treatment before they are even cognitively mature enough to determine when they can cross the street. How can we allow children to execute irreversible changes to their body, when we know they are not yet able to asses whether or not they will survive crossing the street? As Cook put it:
Cognitive immaturity and impaired risk assessment during adolescence has always been recognized. That's why society has long had age restrictions not only for consenting to medical procedures, but also for driving, voting, joining the military, and purchasing alcohol and cigarettes, says Dr Cretella. But America’s leading association for paediatricians apparently regards cognitive immaturity as an obstacle to crossing the street but not for giving consent to a sex change.
The push for legitimacy which underpins the LGBTI lobby’s advocacy of childhood gender exploration is endangering children who are not able to make informed decisions about sexuality. There is no other word for it: encouraging children to explore their gender and referring them for invasive medical treatment is simply abuse.
We cannot be silent and allow our children to be hurt by this radical transgender agenda.
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