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The time is now: Washington needs to stand up against “gender-affirming” care for minors

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As numerous states ramp up efforts to protect children from the potentially devastating impacts of “gender-affirming” care, it is time for the state of Washington to follow suit and enact legislation to safeguard our children from medical abuse.

By mid-March of this year, eight states enacted laws that would ban, at least to some extent, gender “transition” procedures on minors including the use of puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, and non-genital and genital surgeries. An additional two states are awaiting approval from their governors to finalize the laws. 

America is waking up. We must begin protecting our children from the radical ideologies being spread on social media, in our schools and by medical professionals.

We know the facts: the overwhelming majority of children who “come out” as gender-confused later change their minds before adulthood; “gender-affirming” care does not decrease the risk of suicide but rather increases it; and hormone therapy for minors can have irreversible consequences.

“Lowering legal barriers to make it easier for minors to undergo cross-sex medical interventions without parental consent does not reduce suicide rates—in fact, it likely leads to higher rates of suicide among young people in states that adopt these changes,” Dr. Jay Green, Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Education Policy, explains. 

Why, then, does the Washington legislature continue to promote a form of medical “care” that in reality is nothing less than child abuse. Clinics advise confused children that certain procedures and drugs are harmless and reversible and will help them navigate their “gender identity,” when in reality they know the devastating risks associated with hormone treatment in adolescents.  

A research study published in the Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy revealed that “puberty blockers, also known as luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone agonists or GnRHa drugs, are not just creating sexless adults, although GnRHa is a drug ‘licensed to chemically castrate men.’ They are: depleting victims’ bone density; hampering their cognitive development; and producing a myriad of deleterious emotional effects.” (Emphasis added.)

Countless doctors have explained that as puberty blockers suppress the body’s production of natural hormones, they also severely damage the individual’s fertility and essentially erase the possibility of procreating in adulthood. These life-altering decisions should not be made by children who have clearly displayed immense confusion about their path in life. 

“States should adopt parental bills of rights that affirm the fact that parents have primary responsibility for their children’s education and health, and that require school officials and health professionals to receive permission from parents before administering health services, including medication and “gender-affirming” counseling, to children under 18,” Green continued.

As momentum builds across the country, continue to pray that Washington will soon join the ranks of the 10 other states standing up for truth and the protection of our children.

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