The American College of Pediatricians is a minuscule splinter organization. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center it is an anti-LGBT hate group. The real professional organization is the American Academy of Pediatrics. To compare the two:
This is part of a longer polemic that basically says that we aren't necessarily what we feel. Donohue makes an inapplicable comparison:
Facts can be stubborn, and this is especially true of biological facts. XY = male; XX = female. Men determine the sex of the child — women never do.
A man who feels he is a woman can never menstruate or get pregnant. That's just the way it is. Chalk it up to nature, and nature's God.
The American College of Pediatricians recently said, "No one is born with a gender. Everyone is born with a biological sex." Gender roles, as sociologists instruct, are socially learned ways of behaving that are deemed appropriate for boys and girls. That they take their cues from nature is indisputable.
Rachel Dolezal, a blue-eyed blond, recently admitted that she felt she was an African-American. Accordingly, she told the world she was as black. She explained that "from a very young age felt a spiritual, visceral, this feeling of central connection with 'black is beautiful.'"We get get. Dolezal isn't really black ergo Caitlyn Jenner is really a man. I wonder; Can a divorced man really be Catholic? But I digress. Dolezal is irrelevant to the issue. As the American Academy of Pediatrics explains:
Research suggests that gender is something we are born with; it can't be changed by any interventions. It is critically important that children feel loved and accepted for who they are.The AAP further explains that gender identity is not due to parenting or trauma. It certainly isn't about frivolous feelings as Donohue suggests. Donohue is also ignoring something else that AAP said in a letter to our nation's governors regarding North Carolina's HB2 and similar legislation that denies the medical and scientific reality of trans children:
Transgender kids are already at heightened risk for violence, bullying and harassment, and these bills exacerbate those risks by creating a hostile environment in one of the places they should feel the safest and most supported. In addition, students who would be affected by these bills are among our most vulnerable to experiencing depression and engaging in self harm, including suicide.The bottom line is that Mr. Donohue is willing to harm children in order to have public policy consistent with the pope's “gender ideology” obsession. The pope is a catechist and theologian. Allowing him to influence how we treat transgender kids is no different than substituting his judgment on treating cancer for that of medical professionals. It makes no sense. Neither does Mr. Donohue.