Earlier this month, I explained the World Professional Association for Transgender Health’s standards of care for transgender youth that render Rep. Fred Deutsch’s (R-4/Florence) proposed youth-sex-change-operation ban a practically useless exercise in Christian-fundagelical grandstanding.
Now WPATH weighs in with this formal statement on calls to ban evidence-based supportive health interventions for transgender youth. WPATH reiterates that experienced health care providers are best positioned to study each case and work with patients and their families to determine what interventions if any are appropriate. The statement refutes claims like the utter fabrication issued by one speaker at the Heritage Foundation/Family Policy Alliance summit Rep. Deutsch attended in October that “thousands” of people regret getting “caught up in this madness” of reassignment surgery (see 2:19:00 in the video). WPATH says responsible medical interventions reduce future regret, and more “regret” may be caused by the grief prejudiced Sharia freaks like Deutsch pile onto transgender neighbors:
Some critics have claimed high rates of regret regarding irreversible treatments or procedures such as reconstructive surgeries, implying that children are forced to undergo treatments they may regret. There are no studies to support these claims. However, recent studies show only a very small percentage of people who undergo gender transition as adults (when irreversible procedures may be administered) regret doing so: roughly 1-3%, which is a small number compared with rates of regret reported for much more common procedures. Most people who have regrets do so because of a lack of support or acceptance from their family, social groups, work, or other organizations. Conversely, the benefits that these medically necessary interventions have for the overwhelming majority of youth whose identities are incongruent with their sex assigned at birth are well-documented. Providers who collaboratively assess youths’ understanding of themselves, their gender identity, and their ability to make informed decisions regarding medical/surgical interventions (which are not offered prior to puberty, and never without the youth’s assent) play a very important role in minimizing future regret [WPATH, “Statement in Response to Calls for Banning Evidence-Based Supportive Health Interventions for Transgender and Gender-Diverse Youth,” 2019.11.22].
WPATH also reverses the charge made at the conference Rep. Deutsch attended (see 1:11:30, 1:12:20, 2:15:45, 2:17:30, 2:43:20) that even talking to kids about gender identity, not to mention performing supportive health interventions, is child abuse:
Some critics have called ‘gender care’ “child abuse”; providing care for a transgender child or adolescent is a serious undertaking which respects the best interests of each individual child. Withdrawing care for all transgender youth or adults or threatening to criminalize conscientious healthcare providers who work with transgender patients or clients using evidence-based care is a clear abuse of administrative and legislative power. Legislation that opposes needed treatment is of grave concern as it sustains harmful misconceptions about transgender youth and adults, as well as gender transition processes in general, and also devalues medical protocols, thus driving more people to seek services from providers who are willing to ignore the validated protocols that encourage responsible care [WPATH, 2019.11.22].
The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry agrees, stating earlier this month, “Blocking access to timely care has been shown to increase youths’ risk for suicidal ideation and other negative mental health outcomes.”
Expect these statements and others to be entered into the record by conscientious health care professionals trying to stop the harm Rep. Deutsch and other legislative abusers want to do to people who differ from them.