American College of Pediatrics: Letting Kids “Choose” Gender is Harmful to Children


The American College of Pediatrics, a national organization of pediatricians and other healthcare professionals dedicated to the health and well-being of children has made a bold statement about gender identity on their blog, saying:

The American College of Pediatricians urges educators and legislators to reject all policies that condition children to accept as normal a life of chemical and surgical impersonation of the opposite sex. Facts – not ideology – determine reality.

Whoa! That’s a pretty strong statement and one that doesn’t mesh with our society which says that people, not nature, decide what their gender is. Encouraging kids to be transgender if they so desire and schools letting boys who identify as girls (and vice versa) use whatever restroom they choose is all the rage. But the American College of Pediatrics says that kind of ideology is harmful to kids.

The ACP also goes on to say that “People who identify as ‘feeling like the opposite sex’ or ‘somewhere in between’ do not comprise a third sex. They remain biological men or biological women.”

In addition, the college asserts that if someone who is born male thinks he is a female, or vice versa, that it’s a psychological issue, and a disorder at that. Their statement says:

A person’s belief that he or she is something they are not is, at best, a sign of confused thinking. When an otherwise healthy biological boy believes he is a girl, or an otherwise healthy biological girl believes she is a boy, an objective psychological problem exists that lies in the mind not the body, and it should be treated as such. These children suffer from gender dysphoria. Gender dysphoria (GD), formerly listed as Gender Identity Disorder (GID), is a recognized mental disorder in the most recent edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association (DSM-V). The psychodynamic and social learning theories of GD/GID have never been disproved.

In addition, the college’s statement goes on to say that puberty is part of the process of growing from a healthy child into a healthy adult, and that drugs a girl, for instance, may take to stop puberty (i.e., menstruation or the development of breasts) are harmful to the child. In addition, the cross-hormones one will have to take as an adult if one suppresses puberty are known to have devastating side effects such as high blood pressure, blood clots, stroke and cancer. In addition, the statement says  that  as many as 98% of gender confused boys and 88% of gender confused girls eventually accept their biological sex after naturally passing through puberty.


The final part of the statement is strongly worded and sends an unequivocally clear message about being transgender:

8. Conditioning children into believing a lifetime of chemical and surgical impersonation of the opposite sex is normal and healthful is child abuse. Endorsing gender discordance as normal via public education and legal policies will confuse children and parents, leading more children to present to “gender clinics” where they will be given puberty-blocking drugs. This, in turn, virtually ensures that they will “choose” a lifetime of carcinogenic and otherwise toxic cross-sex hormones, and likely consider unnecessary surgical mutilation of their healthy body parts as young adults.

You can read the entire statement on the ACP’s website, and the message is clear: You’re born the sex you’re supposed to be, and letting your kids decide to try and change it is harmful to them.

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Jenny Rapson
Jenny Rapson is a follower of Christ, a wife and mom of three from Ohio and a freelance writer and editor. You can find her at her blog, Mommin' It Up, or follow her on Twitter.