Boston Children's Hospital is under fire again after admitting it performs transgender surgeries on children as young as 14. According to hospital psychologist Kerry McGregor, the "most common" surgeries currently are "top surgery" (mastectomies or breast implants). McGregor has admitted before that the hospital's Gender Multispecialty Clinic has seen patients even younger: "We've seen kids down to two or three but most of the kids that we see are five, six, or seven" when they first come into what's been dubbed the "Gen Z clinic."
AFN spoke with pediatrician Dr. Rosemary Stein of the Christian Medical & Dental Associations. Stein argues that such surgeries are unnecessary.
"These [struggles with gender identity] are normal ebbs and flows of childhood," she explains. "If you let the child just stay there and sort of open up [surgery] as a possibility or as alternative, the child will not develop fully."
CMDA is on record as stating that "gender-affirming care, especially for minors, is not supported by the best scientific evidence." In its ethics statement, the group affirms that "attempts to radically reconstruct one's body surgically or hormonally for psychological indications are medically, ethically, and psychologically inappropriate."
According to Stein, too often the motive behind performing transgender treatments on children and youth are the large profits to be made. "People who are not really in medicine are the ones who are, let's say, pushing certain medications, certain procedures – and that has become too common," she laments.
In a recent tweet, Marci Bowers, MD, president of the World Professional Association of Transgender Health, likened sex-change operations to "removing a mole." Bowers, a biological male, touts himself as "the first woman worldwide to hold a personal transgender history while performing transgender surgery."