A licensed pediatrician had the temerity to say that pumping little children with hormones and enabling their warped fantasies of becoming another gender at odds with their biological sex is akin to child abuse. Now, the LGBT activists have their long-knives out for her.
According to LifeSiteNews, transgender activists “gathered outside a Rhode Island Catholic Church last week to protest a lecture delivered by pediatrician Michelle Cretella, who views affirming transgenderism in kids as a form of child abuse.”
Dr. Michelle Cretella, MD, FCP, president of the American College of Pediatricians, has made it her mission to highlight the harmful effects of gender transitioning on children. At the time of her comments, Rhode Island had recently enacted a law stripping parents of their right to object to providing treatment for “gender transition” to children who showed signs of “gender dysphoria.” The law also prohibited medical professionals from refusing to provide or refer for “gender transition” services.
The Rhode Island Catholic explained the law:
Last year, the State of Rhode Island made it illegal for a licensed medical professional to counsel a child away from the desire to change his/her gender identity, yet it remains legal to inject that same child with hormone blockers and cross-sex hormones. Currently, Rhode Island public schools are deciding how to implement statewide transgender policies that would open up bathrooms, locker rooms, and sports teams to anyone who claims to be the opposite gender from their biological sex.
As many as 40 LGBT activists showed up to St. Pius V Church in Providence to protest Cretella speaking out against the law. Many of them claimed that affirming trans children “saves lives.” Cretella, being an actual doctor of children, says the science suggests otherwise.
“When it comes to what is causing rising numbers of people to identify as transgender,” Cretella argued during her talk,“all teenagers go through a phase known as ‘gender formation.’ During this time, she says, a certain number are susceptible to ‘marketing’ that they are ‘trapped in the wrong body.’”
Recently, Cretella wrote that biological sex goes all the way back to a human being’s conception and that sexuality is an unchangeable binary.
“Biological sex is not assigned,” she wrote. “Sex is determined at conception by our DNA and is stamped into every cell of our bodies. Human sexuality is binary. You either have a normal Y chromosome, and develop into a male, or you don’t, and you will develop into a female. There are at least 6,500 genetic differences between men and women. Hormones and surgery cannot change this.”
Previously, Cretella also told LifeSiteNews that “Transgenderism is a psychological disorder, not a biological one.”
“The active promotion of transgenderism has resulted in massive uncontrolled and unconsented experimentation upon children and adolescents,” Cretella warned. “This is child abuse. Many children are being permanently sterilized by these treatments and sentenced to a lifetime of toxic medications to impersonate the opposite sex.”