The social contagion of gender dysphoria – “transgenderism” – is sweeping the nation. It is currently legal in Georgia to subject children and adolescents who are confused about their biological sex to radical, experimental, and life-altering medical interventions such as puberty-blocking drugs, cross-sex hormones, and mutilating surgeries. Watch below as attorney Jane Robbins talks about making this information known to our churches.
Georgia House Rep. Ginny Ehrhart wants to rein in this legalized child abuse. On Feb. 27, she introduced “The Vulnerable Child Protection Act” (HB 1060). Rep. Ehrhart is to be commended for her dedication, leadership, and courage to stand up against the abuse of children in our state. See her comments below:
This legislation would make it a felony to perform radical surgery on, or administer drugs or cross-sex hormones to, a minor child for the purpose of helping the child imitate the opposite sex. (See Bill Resource Guide) One of the greatest dangers in most of these interventions is that they are irreversible; another is that their long-term effects have not been studied and are not known.
But one thing is known: An increasing number of individuals who went through these “transitioning” interventions in their youth are coming to regret it, and they now ask bitterly why the medical and mental-health establishments allowed this to happen to them when they were too young to truly understand what they were doing. Vernadette Broyles spoke on this at the 2020 Pastors Day at the Capitol:
HB 1060 is a critical piece of legislation for the times in which we are living. (See Parent Resource Guide) We are in a broken culture that has left many innocent children without even the vital foundation of certainty about their own God-given sex. Now is the time for us to stand up for them. We do not want to wait so long that these procedures become commonplace – resulting in thousands of broken bodies and broken lives.
Families of gender-dysphoric children are seeking answers from the mental-health and medical communities. The problem is that too often these practitioners – a new “trans industry” – are guiding the families and children toward dangerous and experimental interventions.
These medical interventions amount to treating the symptoms rather than the underlying psychological causes of gender dysphoria. The fact is, the vast majority of children who suffer gender dysphoria will outgrow it if given psychotherapy rather than medical treatments and if allowed to develop normally.
Studies have shown that children who are protected from procedures like those banned in this bill, and are supported through their bodies’ natural puberty, are 80 to 95 percent likely to embrace their natural biological sex by adulthood.
When considering the danger of this kind of medical intervention with children, three issues immediately come to mind:
- The Legal Issue: This has to do with the legal age of consent. This type of radical medical treatment to a person’s body should not be allowed until at least 18 years of age (at the earliest). Already there are laws regarding when a person can drink alcohol, smoke cigarettes, and get a tattoo. Minors and even older youth are not allowed to engage in such activities even if their parents consent, because it has been determined as a matter of public health and safety that young people must be protected against the consequences of dangerous decisions. How much more should it be when it comes to life-altering procedures such as those targeted in this legislation?
- The Science Issue: The fact of the matter is that no one is born transgender. According to the Book of Genesis, God created humans male and female. No matter what the chemical interventions or surgical procedures done to the human body, if that body is dug up in an archaeological find 400 years from now and tested, the sex of that individual will still be based on the DNA – the same DNA the individual was born with!
- The Moral Issue: When the irreversible long-term effects on children who are pushed toward these changes are understood, this can only be described as child abuse. When children’s bodies are castrated or otherwise mutilated, we have to understand that it is for life. Sterilization and other horrific effects are permanent!
I close with a quote from Rep. Ehrhart when being interviewed by Atlanta CBS, Ch. 46 on Oct. 30, 2019:
“This form of child abuse is becoming a serious problem in Georgia and is evolving into a national crisis,” said Rep. Ehrhart. “We are talking about children who have not reached the legal age of consent yet are being subjected to life-altering, irreversible surgeries and drug treatments that render them sterile and permanently disfigured. The psychological damage this does to innocent children must come to an end. This legislation makes such abusive actions criminal.”
I encourage all Georgians to stand with Rep. Ehrhart and to reject the child abuse these interventions will cause among those persons who are the most vulnerable in our state. Please contact your Georgia House Representative and ask him or her to support this badly needed legislation! Our representatives need to know in no uncertain terms that we want this legislation for the good of our children and families!
Mike Griffin serves as Public Affairs representative for the Georgia Baptist Mission Board.