April 26, 2017
Liberals are happy to "March for Science" -- and use it as a weapon -- when it serves their interests. But when it conflicts with their ideology, especially on human sexuality, then science is quickly dumped. The American College of Pediatricians (ACP) -- a professional organization that is more scientifically (but not as politically) correct as the larger American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) -- exposed this tendency with a brilliant press release yesterday. They noted the publication of a recent study, out of the University of Iowa, which found, according to one report, "Crossing a busy street requires calculations too complex for kids younger than 14," because "children lack the perceptual judgment and physical skills needed to consistently get across safely." Specifically, children had difficulty calculating an adequate gap between cars and initiating movement across the street at the optimal time. As Dr. Michelle Cretella, President of the ACP, put it, "Children are not miniature adults. Everyone knows this."
Yet at the same time, the AAP and other prominent groups promote "the claim that children this age or younger are cognitively capable of deciding that they are the wrong sex." In fact, the AAP has partnered with the openly ideological and political group the Human Rights Campaign in publishing a 24-page pamphlet focused on "transgender children" -- those in "the elementary school years, ages 5 to 10." It promotes a "gender-affirming" approach, "focusing on what the child says . . . and allowing them to determine which forms of gender expression feel comfortable and authentic." Even worse, they condone the use of hormones to block a child's normal development in puberty, as a precursor to full cross-sex hormone treatments and gender reassignment surgery later. Even some adult transgender people have begun to question whether this approach may be "doing more harm than good" to children. We owe our gratitude to the American College of Pediatricians for putting children's long-term health and well-being above radical sexual ideology.
Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.