Missouri Family E-News

January 3, 2017

                   
Medical Group Condemns
Exploitation
of Children 

A leading medical organization is condemning a prominent magazine for popularizing a lifestyle in which individuals behave as if they are members of the opposite sex.

The January 2017 issue of National Geographic magazine includes a cover story entitled "Gender Revolution."  The cover features a picture of a boy who is 9 years-old who imagines himself to be a girl and goes by the name Avery.

In supreme evidence that the magazine knows more about geography than it does about biology, National Geographic editors say they wanted to highlight "our evolving understanding of people on the gender spectrum...These stories [show] how far we have come on this topic--and how far we have left to go."

The magazine claims that being called a "boy" or a "girl" is an unfair label given to a child at birth.  The author of the lead story maintains that children should be able to choose whether they wish to be "transgender, cisgender, gender noncomforming, agender," or any of the more than 50 terms Facebooks offers users for their profiles.

Michael Cretella, President of the American College of Pediatricians, told LifeSite News that National Geographic is "promoting a political agenda over science and the wellbeing of innocent children."

Dr. Cretella says that active support of "transgenderism" in children is equivalent to child abuse.  "When academic, medical, and other public institutions propagate the lifetime use of toxic hormones and the surgical removal of healthy body parts as healthcare for children they are engaged in institutionalized child abuse."

Cretella had much more to say.  "Affirming so-called 'transgender' children means sterilizing them as young as 11 years old.  Puberty blockers plus cross-sex hormones cause permanent sterility."

"Biological girls who 'transition' to male by taking testosterone may have a double mastectomy by age 16.  The lifetime use of cross-sex hormones puts these children at risk for stroke, heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and more," Dr. Cretella added.

Statistics from the American Psychiatric Association show that 98% of gender confused boys and 88% of gender confused girls accept their biological sex after going through puberty.

Breitbart News reports about a website of self-proclaimed liberal professionals who support "gay rights"  who believe that it is dangerous for youth to be jumping on the "transgender" bandwagon.

The group, Youth Trans Critical Professionals, is composed of psychologists, social workers, doctors, and other credentialed professionals.

"Our concern is with medical transition for children and youth," the group says.  "We feel that unnecessary surgeries and/or hormonal treatments which have not been proven safe in the long-term represent significant risks for young people."

"Policies that encourage such medical treatment for young people who may not be able to evaluate the risks and benefits are highly suspect, in our opinion," the group maintains.

Another national group called One Million Moms has started a petition drive protesting National Geographic's agenda of social transformation.

"Advocates for sexual confusion have quickly moved from using adults to promote their agenda to exploiting children as the face of their cause," the group said in a statement.

"National Geographic should be ashamed of itself for using a young child in such an abusive manner.  The overwhelming majority of doctors and psychiatrists label what this child is going through as "gender dysphoria," and National Geographic is praising it as "beautiful."

You can sign the One Million Moms petition by following this link:
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Federal Judge Halts
Abortion/Sex Change
Healthcare Mandate

A federal judge has blocked yet another unlawful dictate from the Obama Administration which could force Catholic hospitals and Christian physicians to perform abortions and sex-change operations.  U.S. District Judge Reed O'Connor of Texas has issued a preliminary injunction against the rule until a trial is held on a lawsuit challenging the mandate.

In May of this year, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a new rule under the "Affordable Care Act" (Obamacare) which would prohibit discrimination by health care providers against individuals based on "termination of pregnancy" or so-called "gender identity."  The language of the new rule included no religious exemption.

The Obama Administration took this action by unilaterally redefining the word "sex" in federal anti-discrimination statutes.  Under Title IX of federal law, no person may be "subjected to discrimination" or "denied the benefits of" any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance on the basis of sex.  Without any authority in law or regulation, HHS has now distorted the interpretation of the word "sex" to encompass a person's imaginary "gender identity" or a condition of pregnancy.

The lawsuit against the mandate was filed in federal court by The Franciscan Alliance, a religious health care network that operates 14 Catholic hospitals in Indiana and Illinois.  The states of Texas, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Kentucky, Kansas, Louisiana, Arizona, and Mississippi joined the Franciscan Alliance as co-plaintiffs in the case.

In issuing a temporary restraining order against the mandate, Judge O'Connor stated the obvious that there is no legal basis for the Obama Administration's action.  "Prior to the passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010 and for more than 40 years after the passage of Title IX in 1972, no federal court or agency has concluded 'sex' should be defined to include gender identity," O'Connor wrote.

O'Connor stated that the preliminary injunction was warranted because the plaintiffs had provided sufficient evidence that the rule would "pressure doctors to deliver healthcare in a manner that violates their religious beliefs and thwart their independent medical judgement."

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton argued that HHS has no legitimate power to order religious organizations and physicians to perform abortions or to provide so-called "gender transition" services or so-called "sex reassignment surgery."  Paxton said that "the President lacks the authority to rewrite the law and declare that 'sex' means one's internal sense of gender," rather than its longstanding biological basis.

Additional lawsuits have now been filed against the mandate by the Catholic diocese of Fargo, North Dakota and the Catholic Benefits Association (CBA), yet another group of Catholic hospitals.  "By redefining 'sex' to mean both 'gender identity' and 'termination of pregnancy,' the Obama Administration is imposing radical new mandates on hospitals and employees, and creating a serious moral problem for Catholic employers that must be addressed," says Archbishop William Lori, Chairman of the CBA.   
Dr. Jane Orient, executive director of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, says the Obama Administration's obsession with gender ideology coerces medical malpractice.  "Transgender treatment, especially to minors, inflicts irreversible harm on persons too young to consent.  Chemical or surgical castration should be considered a crime against humanity."

"Transgender treatment of minors constitutes radical, non-consented social experimentation.  Affirming a patient's delusions about their gender is considered psychiatric malpractice in other contexts," Dr. Orient added.

Ken Klukowski, an attorney with the First Liberty Institute, says that the Obama Administration dictate is an unprecedented attack on the civil liberties of religious health care providers.  "It is an unconstitutional assault on the First Amendment that the Obama Administration is forcing their rejection of biological fact onto people whose faith teaches that man and woman refers to what they have meant for thousands of years, and that God purposefully created them that way."

Judge O'Connor is the same federal judge who recently issued a nationwide temporary injunction against the Obama Administration's open bathroom mandate.  Under that illegal rule, federal authorities dictated that all public schools must allow any student to access the bathrooms, lockers rooms, and shower facilities of the opposite sex.

Aldermen in the city of St. Louis are attempting to replicate the Obama Administration's forced abortion/sex change mandate.  A proposed city ordinance is being introduced with language nearly identical to that of the rule recently issued by the federal Department of Health and Human Services.

We encourage you to contact your elected representatives in Washington calling on them to urge President-elect Donald Trump to repeal the forced abortion/sex change mandate.

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