Can you imagine a pre-teen girl asking her doctor for drugs or surgeries that will help her “become” a boy?
Sadly, that’s a too-common occurrence in this day and age.
While many activists herald these procedures as “life-saving,” doctors know that they pose incredible risks.
And the Royal College of General Practitioners just published some of the worst dangers of these treatments.
With the rise of the homosexual movement, so-called “transgender rights” have become a hot topic in America and across the world.
Individuals who suffer the delusion that they are not actually their biological gender are now offered all manner of services to help them “transition” into what they believe is their correct gender.
And the outrage from gender activists has put overwhelming political pressure on doctors, psychologists, and other medical professionals to begin offering drugs, surgeries, and other services to so-called “transgender” individuals.
As medical research has progressed, these individuals can start “transition” treatments at younger and younger ages.
Children as young as five years old have declared themselves to be transgender, and due to political pressure from the left, they can start taking sex-change drugs before they even reach their teens!
These sex-change drugs, including “puberty blockers” and “hormonal replacement therapy” (HRT), affect hormone levels within an individual’s body to stop physical maturity, leading to chemical castration and sterilization—permanent lifelong decisions that cannot be reversed.
In order to justify the use of such drastic medications, transgender rights activists argue that HRT and puberty blockers are “life-saving” treatments for people of all ages who believe they were assigned the wrong gender.
However, the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) recently released a statement urging caution in the use of HRT, puberty blockers, and other “transition” treatments.
The RCGP, the professional association for general practitioners in the UK, offers guidance on “licensing, education, training, research, and clinical standards.” The organization is committed to maintaining high standards in medical research and patient care.
So, when the RCGP issues a warning, the medical world takes note.
In its statement about transgender medical procedures, the RCGP said that there is “a significant lack of robust, comprehensive evidence around the outcomes, side effects and unintended consequences of such treatments for people with gender dysphoria, particularly children and young people.”
Yet, because of consistent bullying and pressure from activists, many doctors have prescribed these potentially dangerous treatments without proper consideration for the long-term effects on their patients, the RCGP warned.
The “long-term safety [of puberty blockers] in transgender adolescents” is a grave concern, continued the RCGP, asserting that the effects of sex change treatments “can be irreversible.”
The most controversial part of the RCGP’s statement, however, came when the organization urged medical professionals “to record…every patient’s ‘biological sex’—in addition to their chosen gender identity—to avoid potentially calamitous medical mistakes.”
Transgender rights activists argue that an individual who has “transitioned” should be allowed to completely erase all traces of their biological identity. This means that all medical records that reference their true biological sex must be altered to reflect their “new” identity.
The RCGP argues that these measures are dangerous for patients who need care specific to their biological sex. The organization also notes that many patients are not fully advised about the dangers of “transitioning.”
One medical practitioner in the UK issued a brief letter expressing gratitude for the RCGP’s statement. The doctor wrote, “The RCGP has given medics who urge restraint institutional ballast. It should be applauded.”
“Regrettably, specialists advocating slowing the process of transition have often been vilified by activists,” the doctor continued. “I warmly applaud the [RCGP’s] more cautious approach to the treatment of patients questioning their gender.”
While some transgender activists have been ruffled by the RCGP’s statements, medical professionals everywhere are relieved by this justification of their concerns about “transition” treatments.
“Medication and surgery are drastic interventions,” wrote another supporter of the RCGP’s stance. “Ideology must not take precedent over biological science when it comes to the well-being of children.”
HRT and other treatments can have irreversible—and adverse—effects on an individual’s body and mind, and much more research is needed before these effects are fully understood.
Keep praying that the RCGP’s statements on sex-change treatments will influence many more medical professionals and questioning individuals to consider the incredible dangers.
And may God’s wisdom prevail in the midst of confusion.