“Lowering legal barriers to make it easier for minors to undergo cross-sex medical interventions without parental consent does not reduce suicide rates—in fact, it likely leads to higher rates of suicide among young people in states that adopt these changes,” a report from The Heritage Foundation stated.
The report directly challenges claims from the Biden Administration and pro-transgender clinical organizations that puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones reduce suicides of minors who believe they are the opposite sex.
It is quite apparent that people should not jack around around with nature. Better yet, God does not make mistakes. People do. Study Contradicts Transgender Narrative, Suggests Puberty Blockers Spike Youth Suicide https://t.co/w0SouOAi7U
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“States should instead adopt parental bills of rights that affirm the fact that parents have primary responsibility for their children’s education and health, and that require school officials and health professionals to receive permission from parents before administering health services, including medication and “gender-affirming” counseling, to children under 18. States should also tighten the criteria for receiving cross-sex treatments, including raising the minimum eligibility age,” the report added.
Greene looked at states that have provisions that allow minors to access routine medical care without parental consent — policies that “were developed for reasons that have nothing to do with gender identity.”
Greene’s analysis “exploits this natural policy experiment” to compare suicide rates of people ages 12 to 23 in states that require parental consent for medical care and state that do not.
He specifically looked at suicides that occurred between 1999 and 2020 within this age group because those people could have entered puberty between 2010 and 2020, when puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones became available as a “gender-related treatment” in the United States, according to the report. Greene posed:
If making it easier for minors to access puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones is protective against suicide, one should expect the frequency of youth suicide to be lower in states that have a provision allowing minors to get these drugs without parental consent after 2010. There should be no difference in trends in the suicide rate among young people based on whether states have a provision allowing minors to access health care without parental consent before 2010.
However, his model found “strong evidence for the claim that suicides among young people have increased significantly since 2010 in states that have a policy allowing minors to access routine health care without parental consent.”
If there’s one thing you read today it should be this. Heartbreaking. pic.twitter.com/6wyj37JRtw
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I want to tell everyone what they took from us, what irreversible really means, and what that reality looks like for us.
No one told me any of what I’m going to tell you now.
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Read the full report at The Heritage Foundation.