With the right Halloween costume, anyone can be a zombie, a Kardashian or an NFL linebacker, if only for a night. It’s all good fun. Modern medicine is giving those seriously dissatisfied with themselves a chance to become someone else — for keeps (more or less). Rule-makers in Washington, however, want to require doctors to perform “gender-reassignment” procedures even when their professional judgment says no. Political fashion shouldn’t trump sound medicine.Irrespective of the rule that they do not like, the assumption is that gender affirming surgery is not “sound medicine.” Maybe it is just me but I find the comparison to Halloween costumes quite offensive.
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) rule, which took effect in July, was challenged last week in a U.S. District Court in Texas by a wide-ranging coalition of church-affiliated hospitals and doctors, and eight states. “With a single stroke of the pen, HHS has created massive new liability for thousands of doctors unless they cast aside their professional judgment, convictions and common sense to perform procedures that can be deeply harmful to their patients,” wrote the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, representing plaintiffs from Texas, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Kentucky, Kansas, Louisiana, Arizona, and Mississippi.Folks at the Becket Fund are entitled to their opinion but the quoted lawyer is probably not a physician and almost certainly not a physician with a specialty in human sexuality. Their claim is utter nonsense. The only physicians who could be compelled to perform gender affirming surgery are doctors who already offer gender affirming surgery. It seems safe to assume that those doctors have no objection (religious, moral or medical) to the procedure.
The polemic ultimately concludes:
Americans deserve the freedom to find their persona, but medical professionals shouldn’t be forced to provide services they think are ultimately harmful to searchers. There’s no law against gender confusion, and there should be none barring doctors from remedying it with caution. A change of sex isn’t as simple as becoming a zombie for the night.Gender confusion? Research demonstrates that people with gender dysphoria are not confused. Suggesting otherwise is, again, offensive. I note that the pseudo-physician who wrote this piece provides no specifics regarding how a clinician might remedy gender dysphoria “with caution.” In point of fact there exists no medical intervention for gender dysphoria to “remedy” the condition. I note that Johns Hopkins has resumed offering gender affirming surgery.
The Washington Times editors are willingly ignorant in addition to being boorish and uncivil. I often wonder what people like these do when they have a child who turns out to be LGBT.