Guest post by John Hughes
Some interesting ages and corresponding rights to ponder:
21 Age to rent a car (Enterprise Rent a car, except 18 in MI, NY)*
21 Age to purchase alcohol in US
21 Age to purchase legal marijuana in US (in states that allow it)
21 Age to purchase handguns and handgun ammo in US
18 Age to vote in US
None Age to consent for abortion in several states**
None Age to consent for contraceptives in 23 states
12 Age to begin gender transition (in California)***
5 (Kindergarten age) – many states discuss gender identity without parental consent
*Usually additional fees for drivers under 25
**Alaska, California, Connecticut, DC, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Minnesota, Nevada,
New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Vermont, Washington1
***Little if any medical publication on pediatric gender affirmation complications
Perhaps, this is not accidental and in fact by design. Many in the US fear a Marxist inspired takeover of America by subtle and incremental assaults on religion, family structure, parental influences, and even the Constitution. Legally blocking parents from the decision cycle for abortion, contraception, and transgender protocols and empowering children to make such decisions likely sews chaos that is needed to help destroy American society. Interestingly, or not surprisingly, the same children being allowed to make these permanent decisions about their health are not trusted to drink alcohol, rent a car, or purchase firearms.
There seems to be a faulty logic with ages associated with these important rights and responsibilities. Perhaps the voting age should be raised to align with the rights to rent cars, drink, and own firearms as voting is arguably more important than these rights and likely the most significant right and responsibility a citizen in a republic possesses.
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At the other end of the age spectrum, the sudden push to allow for children to decide to remove/alter their genitalia and sign up for a lifetime of hormonal treatments is alarming given the paucity of medical knowledge of the long-term implications for children. The natural incidence of gender dysphoria is approximately 1/30,000 or 0.003%. However, social media and leftist politicians are fanning the flames and the actual number of children claiming to be transgender is rapidly increasing in incidence. Recent data shows that 1.3 million adults (0.5%) identify as transgender and over 300,000 adolescents 13-17 (1.4% identify as transgender).2 This exponential rise in gender identity shift has occurred at the same time that social media, mass media, totalitarian teaching organizations, and medical censorship have emerged as formidable forces in our country.
“It is critically important for every child to have access to quality, comprehensive and evidence-based care — transgender and gender-diverse youth are no exception,” said AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) Immediate Past President Lee Savio Beers, M.D., FAAP. 3 Most articles focus on why children should have this right and should submit to the procedure and very few discuss the potential long-term effects. The ones that do admit that there is little/no data and that more research is needed. However, the AAP and other medical organizations continue to push for the treatment even though their claims of having valid scientific data are largely false. Even though it is well known that long term adult transgender complications include blood clots, osteoporosis, hypertension, heart disease and behavioral health issues and have a 1-8% incidence of reversal, there are few if any publications of complications in adolescents. The future may or may not indicate that it is harmful to adolescents in the long term, but the data is not in yet and it alarming that the treatments are being pushed before such data is available for truly informed consent. The same medical entities advocating for increased transgenderism are the same ones who were less than truthful about the covid vaccines, enabled the opioid epidemic (remember Purdue pharma?), and are largely responsible for failed national drug policies that have led to over 100,000 drug overdose deaths per year. They have a credibility problem.
While I am neither for or against treatment for genuine gender dysphoria and treatment options for adults old enough to consent to therapy, I do question the pervasive sentiment in medical organizations to accept gender affirmation. This is especially true for pediatric patients who, by comparison to other legal ages of consent, are too immature to make such permanent decisions when these same medical organizations use brute force to stifle dissent in the matter and then hide the fact that there is little if any longitudinal data on the effects of such medical protocols. One thought is that transgenderism itself is not the goal, but the imposition of the theory on society to foster obedience to the state and then allow the state to target religion and parents as threats to society. It is no accident that Marxism despises both religion and parental influences on children.
“…We need that generation of young people who began to reach political maturity in the midst of a disciplined and desperate struggle against the bourgeoisie. In this struggle that generation is training genuine Communists; it must subordinate to this struggle, and link up with it, each step in its studies, education, and training.”
-V.I. Lenin, Tasks of the Youth Leagues
Perhaps this is how China wants it.
John Hughes, MD
USMA Class of 1996
3rd Generation West Pointer
4 combat tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan