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From THE AUSTRALIAN:

Trans medical model to bear ‘cost of regret’

ROVING EDITOR, LEADER WRITER, DATA JOURNALIST

The transgender medical model will come under pressure as more young adults live to regret this life-changing decision and begin lawsuits against hospital gender clinics, according to a former US health regulation lawyer.

“(The trans model is) on a tear right now and by that I mean it’s found a massive market with massive upside, and until that is shown to have a shortfall and cost them something, it’s not going to stop,” Jane Wheeler said. In Australia, troubled clinicians have urged the federal government to set up an urgent inquiry into the safety and ethics of “experimental” hormone drug treatment of girls as young as nine and boys from 11.

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The transgender medical model will come under pressure as more young adults live to regret this life-changing decision and begin lawsuits against hospital gender clinics, according to a former US health regulation lawyer.

“(The trans model is) on a tear right now and by that I mean it’s found a massive market with massive upside, and until that is shown to have a shortfall and cost them something, it’s not going to stop,” Jane Wheeler said. In Australia, troubled clinicians have urged the federal government to set up an urgent inquiry into the safety and ethics of “experimental” hormone drug treatment of girls as young as nine and boys from 11.

They say trans activism has trumped ethics and obscured the weak evidence for this radical treatment, with the dominant ­“affirmation model” pushing children down a medical path that can leave them infertile and incapable of orgasm, among other side-­effects. Ms Wheeler, a lesbian whose decade as a health lawyer in ­California dealt with informed consent and standards of care, is president of a new US group called Rethink Identity Medicine Ethics, which focuses on the ­vulnerability of children, especially girls, to promotion of risky hormone treatment and surgery

“It’s the question of consent and the lack of long-term research studies with medical interventions in this group (that worries us),” she told The Australian.

Gender clinics are expanding, with wider and younger use of ­puberty blocker drugs to pause unwanted sexual development, as well as irreversible cross-sex hormones and surgery to mimic ­opposite sex characteristics. The US is seeing early signs of what ­clinicians believe will be a wave of regretful “detransitioners” across the English-speaking world.

Researchers say evidence from the days before puberty blockers suggested the vast majority of children with early “gender dysphoria” — unhappy with their biological sex — will self-correct as they mature, many coming out as gay or bisexual. But now, feminists say, the trans lobby teaches children the regressive lesson that if they do not conform to narrow gender stereotypes, they are probably “trapped in the wrong body”.

Tasmania-based whistleblower advocate Isla MacGregor said talks had begun among “several dozen” health and medical experts — including former gender clinic staff — in Australia, the US, Britain, Canada and New Zealand, to energise open debate and counter misinformation, threats and abuse from the trans lobby.

Ms Wheeler said: “This is a medical scandal. We’ve lowered the basic standards of care of protecting minors — and it will come back to haunt us. All of these children are going to be blamed for their own sexual dysfunction, their own inability to have children, their own cardiac problems — parents and doctors are going to say, but this is what you wanted. How evil is that, to do to a child.”

Western Sydney University professor of paediatrics John Whitehall said parents had complained of superficial diagnosis of gender dysphoria in gender clinics, with “the intimidation that if you don’t do this (transition), your child will commit suicide — ‘better a new boy than a dead girl’”.

Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne, a flagship of the affirmation model, declined to comment, referring The Australian to its “internationally recognised” standards for treating people with gender dysphoria.

ROVING EDITOR, LEADER WRITER, DATA JOURNALIST
Bernard Lane was named 2012 Higher Education Journalist of the Year. He was chief editorial writer for the newspaper and covered the High Court. He is a psychology graduate and language student.

Gender clinics are expanding, with wider and younger use of ­puberty blocker drugs to pause unwanted sexual development, as well as irreversible cross-sex hormones and surgery to mimic ­opposite sex characteristics. The US is seeing early signs of what ­clinicians believe will be a wave of regretful “detransitioners” across the English-speaking world.

Researchers say evidence from the days before puberty blockers suggested the vast majority of children with early “gender dysphoria” — unhappy with their biological sex — will self-correct as they mature, many coming out as gay or bisexual. But now, feminists say, the trans lobby teaches children the regressive lesson that if they do not conform to narrow gender stereotypes, they are probably “trapped in the wrong body”.

Tasmania-based whistleblower advocate Isla MacGregor said talks had begun among “several dozen” health and medical experts — including former gender clinic staff — in Australia, the US, Britain, Canada and New Zealand, to energise open debate and counter misinformation, threats and abuse from the trans lobby.

Ms Wheeler said: “This is a medical scandal. We’ve lowered the basic standards of care of protecting minors — and it will come back to haunt us. All of these children are going to be blamed for their own sexual dysfunction, their own inability to have children, their own cardiac problems — parents and doctors are going to say, but this is what you wanted. How evil is that, to do to a child.”

Western Sydney University professor of paediatrics John Whitehall said parents had complained of superficial diagnosis of gender dysphoria in gender clinics, with “the intimidation that if you don’t do this (transition), your child will commit suicide — ‘better a new boy than a dead girl’”.

Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne, a flagship of the affirmation model, declined to comment, referring The Australian to its “internationally recognised” standards for treating people with gender dysphoria.

ROVING EDITOR, LEADER WRITER, DATA JOURNALIST
Bernard Lane was named 2012 Higher Education Journalist of the Year. He was chief editorial writer for the newspaper and covered the High Court. He is a psychology graduate and language student.

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