(GoRealNewsNow.com) – The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is sponsoring studies about the impact of puberty-stopping medications and gender-transition hormones on young people. According to a report in The Daily Wire, this is happening even though the researchers admit that these treatments can lead to infertility.
A permission slip from the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) named “Puberty Blockers for Young Teens” says, “If your child starts puberty blockers in the earliest stages of puberty, and then goes on to gender-affirming hormones, they will not develop sperm or eggs. This means that they will not be able to have biological children.”
The document continues by explaining, “This is an important aspect of blocking puberty and progressing to hormones that you should understand prior to moving forward with puberty suppression.” It also mentions that fertility can be preserved if a child uses puberty blockers but doesn’t take gender-transition hormones. However, two studies found that about 98% of kids who use puberty blockers take gender-transition hormones later.
After a parent or guardian chooses to use puberty-blocking medication, the permission slip needs the signature of both the parent/guardian and the child.
Dr. Stanley Goldfarb, leader of an advocacy group named Do No Harm, works to “protect healthcare from a radical, divisive, and discriminatory ideology.” He challenged the concept of a young person possibly giving up their ability to have children.
In an interview with The Daily Wire, Goldfarb said, “Anyone who thinks a child reading this document will be able to give informed consent is engaging in a massive instance of self-delusion. Children simply cannot understand the impact of any of this on their bodies, and on their future.”
The CHLA form mirrors a waiver from the University of Virginia Medical Center’s Children’s Hospital’s Transgender Youth Health program that states “permanent infertility” as a potential outcome of gender-transition hormone therapy.
Nicki Neily, founder and president of Parents Defending Education, a nonprofit working to “reclaim our schools from activists imposing harmful agendas,” said, “It is unconscionable that a hospital would use children as guinea pigs at the behest of the federal government — offering families a paltry sum.”
She continued, “Polling has consistently found that a majority of Americans oppose these procedures. For the federal government to fund this research with tax dollars, despite such widespread opposition, is truly insult to injury.”
For more, please see the report in The Daily Wire.