by Jonathan Benson
April 22, 2011
Children with supposed "Gender Identity Disorder" (GID), a rare
condition involving sexual confusion, that are having a hard time
deciding whether they want to be male or female can now choose to
artificially delay puberty while they figure it out.
A recent report in The Telegraph
explains that a monthly drug injection will prevent sexual
development in children to give them more time to make up their
minds about having a sex change - and kids as young as 12 are
eligible to receive it.
Puberty-blocking drugs for young children have been available in the
US for several years, but they are just now emerging in the UK for
Supporters say the drugs prevent the maturation of sexual
organs so that, if a child chooses to undergo a sex change, the
surgery will be less involved. But critics say the practice is a
horrific to natural childhood development, and that sexual
manipulation is an abuse against humanity.
Previously, British doctors were prohibited from prescribing the
drug to children under age 16.
But the UK National Research Ethics
Service (NRES), a group that,
"protects the rights, safety,
dignity and well-being of research participants,"
...has decided to give exclusive
approval to one London hospital to perform the procedure on
The long-term effects of the drug are uncertain. While proponents
say the hormone manipulators stop interfering once treatment ends,
others worry that deliberately altering hormone levels during the
crucial developmental years can cause permanent damage.
"Do we know what the impact of such
heavy hormonal interference will be on the health of these young
people?" asked bioethicist Wesley Smith a few years ago when an
international medical organization began pushing the treatment
on young children.
"If not, doesn't this border on
unethical human experimentation?"