June 13, 2019
In most papers, it wasn't even a major headline. Just a blip in the national news. But beware, conservatives warn. This "blip" could turn into the next big ground campaign in the war on parents' rights.
There've been plenty of debates over vaccinations -- but very few have taken this twist. Earlier this week, the American Medical Association held its annual meeting in Chicago, and one of the issues they tackled is whether minors should be able to override their parents' objections and get vaccinated. The AMA voted yes, triggering a national lobbying campaign for more states to change their policies on consent.
Today, it's vaccinations. Tomorrow, Dr. David Stevens told listeners on "Washington Watch," it could be anything. "This is not a debate about vaccinations, and whether or not they're good or not" the president of the Christian Medical and Dental Association warned listeners." This is more of a focus on who knows best what's [good] for their children in terms of making medical choices."
The AMA argued that there were too many young patients who hadn't been protected against certain diseases and conditions. In the group's press release, they imply that parents have been duped by misinformation and that children are better equipped to make that decision. "Allowing mature minors to provide informed consent to vaccinations will ensure these patients can access this type of preventive care."
But what, exactly, is a "mature" minor? In some states, it's a child as young as 14 -- a teenager who is still too young to have the final say on a health question this important. After all, we don't allow "mature minors" to drive at 14. We don't allow "mature minors" to buy alcohol or cigarettes or to own a gun. And yet, as we've seen with abortion and parental consent, there are certain things the Left wants to carve out and leave to the children -- issues that have a major impact on their future well-being.
Of course, this also isn't the only debate raging over parents' authority in health care. We've seen the abortion industry pour millions of dollars into state battles over consent laws as a down payment on future business. But this slippery slope also has major implications for an LGBT agenda. As Dr. Stevens points out, we've already seen children taken away from their parents because they refused to give their son or daughter transgender surgery or hormones at age 11 or 12. At Cincinnati Children's Hospital's Transgender Health Clinic, moms and dads aren't always allowed in interviews because they might make their children feel uncomfortable asking questions.
And that's not the only horror story. Attorney Jennifer Chavez is representing multiple clients, most of them liberal, whose gender-confused kids were either indoctrinated or medically altered without their knowledge. In one case, a 14-year-old girl with a history of trauma "out of the blue, announced that she was male. She accused her parents of child abuse when they refused to call her a male name and use male pronouns. Though they were investigated and found to be supportive, they were forced by the Department of Child Services to meet with a transgender adult who could 'educate' them on these issues."
In another heart-wrenching story, a mother wrote, "Without my knowledge, a pediatric endocrinologist taught my daughter, a minor, to inject herself with testosterone. She then ran away to Oregon where state law at the age of 17 allowed her… undergo a double mastectomy and radical hysterectomy… The level of outrage and rage I'm experiencing as a mother is indescribable. Why does Oregon law allow children to make life-altering medical decisions? …Why are doctors who took an oath to first do no harm allowed to sterilize and surgically mutilate mentally ill, delusional children?"
She was 17. Another "mature minor," as far as the AMA is concerned. There's an entire generation of children crying out for their parents to fight for them -- including some who walked down this dangerous path and regret it. Children are not miniature adults, Dr. Michelle Cretella is fond of saying. It's time we stop treating them as such.
Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.