September 20, 2018
For progressive activists, nothing can stand in the way of their agenda -- not even the health and well-being of children.
In a disturbing report from Breitbart, it was revealed that liberal activists embedded within the National Institutes of Health (NIH) are currently carrying out a taxpayer-funded study to the tune of $5.7 million that is designed to result in a pre-determined conclusion: that children with gender dysphoria should be "affirmed" in their chosen gender identity through the use of puberty-blocking drugs and sterilizations.
A source with detailed knowledge of the as yet unreleased study which began in the Obama era said that it is:
...affirming gender change with family and environmental support in children as young as five years, and using puberty blockers and cross sex hormone treatment in children at the initial onset of puberty which could be as young age 8-9 years, and then following them for only five years.
In a blatantly obvious example of conflict of interest, the four researchers who are conducting the NIH study each run their own private practices that encourage "affirmation therapy" for children who are experiencing gender dysphoria. What's more, the children who are participating in the study are the same ones who are receiving "therapy" from the four researchers!
The dangers of undergoing a "gender transition" have already been well documented by FRC and many other organizations. For children in particular, the physical effects of hormone blockers are heartbreaking, as confirmed by doctors at Johns Hopkins University:
"Puberty suppression hormones prevent the development of secondary sex characteristics, arrest bone growth, decrease bone accretion, prevent full organization and maturation of the brain, and inhibit fertility," Hruz, Mayer, and McHugh write in a Supreme Court brief filed in the Gavin Grimm case. They go on to list other possible side effects of cross-gender hormones, oral estrogen, and testosterone, including sterility, coronary disease, cardiovascular disease, elevated blood pressure, and breast cancer.
Even more heartbreaking is the fact that if children who show signs of gender dysphoria are simply not injected with drugs, they will most likely grow out of it naturally. And, as endocrinologist Dr. Michael Laidlaw has said, the long-term health effects of taking puberty-blocking drugs is not known because, understandably, almost no studies have been done on the subject. "Children and adolescents who take puberty blockers cannot possibly provide informed consent for taking these medications and the resulting lifelong consequences, nor can their parents," Laidlaw told Breitbart. As Dr. Paul McHugh of Johns Hopkins has said, the use of puberty-blocking drugs to prevent the body's natural development is "child abuse."
The NIH affirmation therapy study is just the latest abuse of taxpayer dollars, on the heels of the FDA's grisly excursion into baby body parts experimentation. NIH also continues to fund roughly $95 million on basic research using organs from aborted babies. With both of these agencies housed under the Department of Health and Human Services, it is time for HHS to fund alternatives as soon as possible, and stop the unethical use of taxpayer dollars.
Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.