Gender Affirmation For Minors Is Child Abuse, Not Treatment
On June 1, the Ohio House of Representatives followed Arkansas's lead in passing a bill that blocks medical gender transition for minors, protects parental rights, and prevents biological males from competing in women's sports. While critics of House Bill 454 claim its passage will "threaten" the mental health of Ohio's youth, there is reason to doubt these "experts" are considering all the facts.
Ohio's vote preceded the release of the "Let Kids Be Kids" report issued by Gov. Ron DeSantis and Florida's Agency for Healthcare Administration on June 2. The report summarizes the scientific research about the effectiveness of treatment for gender dysphoria in children, or rather, lack thereof, and has been met with heavy criticism from transgender activists who argue the report is motivated by bigotry.
Doctors and therapists often ask parents who object to gender affirmation, "Would you rather have a dead son or a loving daughter?" As one interviewee points out, this rhetoric is emotional blackmail. It is also deeply misguided.
In actuality, the suicide risk is exponentially higher for trans people for seven to ten years following surgery - the highest, in fact, of any known group in recorded history. If parents are seeking to improve the mental health of their children, it appears to be imperative that they actively avoid gender transition surgery.