From the Washington Examiner:
A jury in Texas returned a verdict on Monday that will prevent a Texas dad from intervening in the gender transition of his 7-year-old son.
Say those words out loud to yourself “gender transition of his 7-year-old.”
If an adult, after years of dealing with gender-related issues wants to transition, I don’t really care. That is their life, they are free to live it how they want.
Children are a different matter entirely. My son is almost six, just a little younger than this boy here. Right now, he goes back and forth between identifying as a lemur and a jaguar, depending on which episode of his favorite animal show he just watched.
He has still yet to master pronouns.
Do NOT tell me that at his current age he is capable of engaging in the deep introspection necessary to make life-altering decisions about his gender identity.
Jeffrey Younger had petitioned a court in Texas to grant him sole custody of his twin sons, James and Jude, in part to avoid a plan to infuse James with female hormones. James, who would like to be called Luna, has been the center of controversy in the heated debate among his parents and others.
Anne Georgulas, the mother of the two boys, has advocated for James to transition into Luna and has strongly backed the idea of chemically castrating her son and beginning hormone replacement therapy. The ruling on Wednesday will prevent Jeffrey from having sole custody of his children and paves the way for Georgulas to proceed with the procedure.
Let us take a break from the Washington Examiner to turn to Legal Insurrection for a moment.
According to the FDA, Lupron, a drug created in the 80s to treat prostate cancer, has been linked to thousands of deaths. Lupron was later approved via prescription to treat endometriosis in women.
Now, Lupron is prescribed to children who have been diagnosed (accurately or not) with gender dysphoria as a hormone blocker.
Since 2012, the FDA has documented “over 40,764 adverse reactions suffered by patients who took Leuprolide Acetate (Lupron), which is used as a hormone blocker. More than 25,500 reactions logged from 2014-2019 were considered ‘serious,’ including 6,370 deaths.”
So back to the story in the Washington Examiner. What sort of mother would want to put her seven-year-old on such a dangerous drug, in which one of the side effects is sterility?
Some of the more aggressive trans-activists have pushed the idea that denying children puberty blockers is tantamount to a death sentence, in essence, that teens who are not chemically and surgically transitioned will commit suicide. This is a manipulative tactic, a person holding themselves hostage to get what they want.
To further complicate this matter, there is evidence that “puberty blockers used in child transgender treatment ‘increase risk of suicide and self-harm.’”
As the Washington Examiner reports, there is no evidence that this boy is likely to harm himself if he is not transitioned.
“Neither child appears to be depressed, anxious or aggressive … He [James] gave no indications of other significant psychological difficulties.”
So there seems to be no reason to subject a seven-year-old to such chemical abuse.
But the story gets worse. There is evidence that the boy isn’t fully committed to being a girl and that in all likelihood, his questioned gender identity is the product of abuse.
Expert witnesses expressed doubt that James was fully convinced that he was inherently female in testimony last week. “There is still some fluidity in his thinking,” said Dr. Benjamin Albritton in sworn testimony.
Granted, we are only hearing about this from the father’s side, however, let us be clear what the stakes are. If the mother gets her way, her son will be subject to having his body poisoned with chemicals to prevent his natural growth until the age of 15, at which point his male organs will be amputated.
This is irreversible.
The risk of not chemically and surgically transitioning a child is that he grows up and decides on his own as an adult that this is what he wants and transitions.
The risk of chemically and surgically transitioning a child is that he grows up and completes his sexual, psychological, and emotional development and decides he’s not trans and can’t undo the damage done to him to ever lead a normal life.
When the risks are so lopsided, the principle should be “do no harm.”
Georgulas has additionally secured a letter of recommendation for transition for James from a woman associated with a gay children’s therapy center. “This is a letter of recommendation that my client, James Younger, aka Luna, begin the process of becoming a patient of the GENECIS clinic so that she can receive a full psychological assessment for gender dysphoria and potentially take hormone blockers,” said a letter from Rebekka Ouer from Dallas Rainbow Therapy.
The GENECIS clinic stands for “GENder Education and Care Interdisciplinary Support” and is more of an activist center that houses a medical operation than a medical center. Dallas Rainbow Therapy is also an activist group. Neither of these organizations are remotely impartial or have the best interests of the boy a heart.
There are no laws currently preventing a legal guardian from giving a minor puberty blockers or hormones.
This is perhaps the single most horrifying sentence in the whole article.
I am usually the first to say “no, there probably shouldn’t be a law” but when it comes to letting a child who still thinks Santa and the Easter Bunny are real decide to claim an alternate gender identity and then use that as evidence for chemical and surgical mutilation of that child, there should be a law against that.
This type of behavior is so egregious and ideologically driven that it would make Doctor Josef Mengele proud.
I cannot imagine a greater overreach by the government than to say “we’re going to mutilate your minor child’s sexual organs because of the testimony of ideologically driven activists.”
I know Miguel has strong feelings against mob violence, but as a parent, I can tell you, if dad ended up with both sons hiding out in a non-extradition country leaving a lot of spent brass behind him…. I can’t blame him for that.