The state of Oregon is now allowing children as young as 15-years old to get state-funded sex-change operations without parental consent. I don’t know if I would have believed this had I not seen it with my own eyes, but it is true. Watch the news report above.
All of this came about after a transgender rights group petitioned the state of Oregon to change its Medicaid policies when it comes to transgender youth. The state decided to take the advice of the transgender rights group. To quote directly from the report:
Now transgender youth as young as 15 years old can get state-funded counseling, puberty suppressing drugs, and even gender reassignment surgery without parental consent.
The fact sheet from Oregon’s Health Evidence Review Commission confirms that the age of medical consent in Oregon is in fact 15 years old, which means that these children will be able to access state-funded sex-change operations as well as other “services.”
Yes, it is true that some children experience a gender identity at odds with their sexual identity. It is not true that the only way to resolve this conflict is by embracing a so-called transgender identity for these children. Nor is true that the best way to address the conflict is by surgically altering the child’s sexual anatomy.
Studies have shown that 70%-80% of children who report having transgender feelings eventually grow out of them (read about it here). That means that the vast majority of younger children experiencing these difficulties resolve these conflicts over time without any intervention. It also means that any medical interventions causing permanent changes to a child’s body is a short-sighted, long-term cruelty for the 70%-80% who grow out of these feelings and who later experience harmful psychological outcomes. According to one study,
Persons with transsexualism, after sex reassignment, have considerably higher risks for mortality, suicidal behaviour, and psychiatric morbidity than the general population. Our findings suggest that sex reassignment…may not suffice as treatment for transsexualism
And now the state of Oregon is not only allowing this for minors without parental consent. They are also paying for it!
This isn’t a brave new world. It’s moral insanity of the highest order. My hunch is that this will be a bridge too far for even the most “progressive” Oregonians.