When three medical associations recently asked Attorney General Merrick Garland to investigate those who are “provoking” threats against pediatric gender clinics, their letter repeatedly used the phrase “evidence-based health care.”
This description of pharmaceutical and surgical interventions for gender-confused children and even “gender-nonconforming” children prompted a sarcastic response from journalist Andrew Sullivan, who helped mainstream the idea of same-sex marriage in the 1990s.
He rewrote the phrase as “experimental off-label sex-change drugs not FDA approved for children with natural puberty.”
The Oct. 3 letter from the American Medical Association, American Academy of Pediatrics and Children’s Hospital Association, which seeks wholesale censorship and prosecution of journalism that prompts scrutiny of “gender affirming medicine,” also stands to widen interest in the evidence for and against it. As with COVID-19 vaccine policy for children and young adults, the U.S. is out of step with some European countries when it comes to GAM for minors.
This summer, the U.K shuttered its central gender clinic, known as Tavistock, following a lawsuit by detransitioner Keira Bell and an independent review that found “major gaps in the research base underpinning the clinical management” of youth and “diagnostic overshadowing” of other healthcare issues when gender dysphoria was diagnosed.
Sweden and Finland have restricted and even banned some GAM treatment for minors in favor of so-called talk therapy, possibly putting them in the crosshairs of the U.S. State Department.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken recently instructed embassies to report back on “conversion therapy” in their host countries, described as treatment that seeks to “suppress or change” a person’s self-expressed, and possibly transient, gender identity, according to a memo leaked to City Journal . The State Department didn’t answer, when asked, whether it considers talk therapy a form of conversion therapy.
Following methodological criticisms from its own allies in August, the American Academy of Pediatrics […]
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