My state rep, Ginny Ehrhart, wants to charge physicians with a felony for providing treatment for transgender children in her proposed legislation, the Vulnerable Child Protection Act. If Ms. Ehrhart were so concerned about vulnerable transgender children, she would not rely on a spokesperson for the “American College of Pediatrics.” Impressive title, but in fact a well-known, far-right, socially conservative anti-LGBT group known for disseminating misleading and biased information.
She would instead become more informed on what experts in the field advise, as in the policy statement from The American Academy of Pediatrics, “Ensuring Comprehensive Care and Support for Transgender and Gender Diverse Children and Adolescents (10/2018),” which coincides with professional medical opinions of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the American Medical Association and the World Professional Association for Transgender Health to name a few. She might also be aware of the statistics regarding suicide ideation and psychological distress in trans kids and how the incidence of these are significantly decreased when they are fully supported in their gender identity.
Treatment of complex conditions, in fact, all medical conditions, should be left to health care professionals who are more than capable of collaborating with families to determine the best treatment plan for the overall health and well-being of a minor, not left to a lawmaker with an agenda based on personal bias. This state can and should do better than this. Children’s lives depend on it.