Two pieces, one a column and one an official Washington Examiner editorial, on the related topic of sex-change surgeries.

EDITORIAL: Texas acts against a real form of child abuse (Aug. 16): The state of Texas has recognized the reality, as identified in the Washington Examiner’s July 31 editorial, that sex reassignment surgery on minors is an act of mutilation that should not be countenanced.

The Cultural Left will howl, but Texas is right. As it was put by Jaime Masters, the commissioner of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, “genital mutilation of a child for purposes of gender transitioning through reassignment surgery constitutes child abuse.”…

The key recognition is that adolescents’ outlooks, moods, and cognitive development are extremely malleable, whereas completed sex reassignment procedures tend to be either irreversible or extremely difficult to undo. It takes no deep scientific inquiry, but merely quotidian observation, to know that children and teenagers go through “phases” and that they are prone to “trying out” new experiences and ideas that don’t last.

Science, of course, confirms this…. [The full editorial is at this link.]

Judge saves doctors from Biden’s transgender mandate (Aug. 11):

Another judge has affirmed, correctly, that the federal government may not require doctors to provide sex-change procedures and abortions against the dictates of their consciences and their best medical judgments.

It’s long past time for the Biden administration and its leftist allies to abandon despotic attempts, under the false flag of “social justice,” to trample individual conscience rights. Ethically and morally, surgery that is effectively forced at the point of a government gun borders on what Winston Churchill called “perverted science ;” the conscription of doctors and people of faith for acts against their deep beliefs violates Thomas Jefferson’s righteous vow of “eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man .”

In 2016, the Obama administration had issued a rule imposing mandates, under threat of severe financial penalties, for doctors to provide gender-transition treatment to patients, including minors, even against a doctor’s belief that the treatment would be harmful. Courts in Texas and North Dakota blocked implementation of the rule in decisions in 2016 and 2019, but the Biden administration announced in May that it would revive the policy in light of a 2020 Supreme Court decision involving transgender employment.

The Biden team’s reliance on the 2020 Bostock v. Clayton County case, however, was inapt…. [The full column is at this link.]


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