Dr. Jeff Barrows with the Christian Medical & Dental Associations (CMDA) says while gender dysphoria is a very real problem, research shows that it goes away on its own 85-90% of the time.
"In fact, it would be unethical to engage in a therapy because that's, by definition, an unnecessary therapy," he tells AFN.
Politicians, bureaucrats, and news outlets like USA Today, however, see things differently. They call "gender-affirming care" bans "cruel" and "dangerous."
Dr. Barrows points out that for the most part, society does not allow children to smoke, drink alcohol, or drive cars, yet some believe those same children should be in charge of their healthcare and tell medical professionals what they need to have done to them.
Such arguments are not new, but mainstream secular news outlets rarely feature the other side of the medical opinion. Dr. Quentin Van Meter, MD, president of the American College of Pediatricians, believes it is intentional. The lack of any kind of dialogue, he says, "is the way that they survive."
"They make sure that they do not even bring up the idea that anyone with a contrary opinion should even be listened to," he observes. "It makes your blood boil."
Dr. Van Meter says this strategy traps a lot of people who, acknowledging they are not medical experts, end up believing the "big organizations" are merely trying to take care of "suffering" kids. They do not question anything because they "don't want to be called mean."