December 12, 2017

Human Beings Have Only Two Genders

Says … The American College of Pediatricians

David Potter

My jaw dropped as I read a recent article featuring a statement published by the American College of Pediatricians warns of the harms of telling children that gender is a matter of personal preference. You can access the full statement here.

The statement contains eights propositions. Here are some highlights:

1. “Human sexuality is an objective biological binary trait: “XY” and “XX” are genetic markers of health – not genetic markers of a disorder. …

2. “No one is born with gender. Everyone is born with biological sex.”

Gender awareness develops over time as a child grows. Gender is an awareness of one’s sexuality. A girl identifying as a boy, or vice versa, does not constitute a third sex.

3. “A person’s belief that he is something other than his biological sex is at best confused thinking. …

4. “Puberty is not a disease and puberty-blocking hormones can be dangerous. …

5. “According to the DSM-V, As many as 98% of gender confused boys and 88% of gender confused girls eventually identify with their biological sex after naturally passing through puberty.

6. “Children who use puberty blockers to impersonate the opposite sex will require cross-sex hormones in late adolescence. Cross-sex hormones (testosterone and estrogen) are associated with dangerous health risks including but not limited to high blood pressure, blood clots, stroke and cancer …

7. Rates of suicide are twenty times greater among adults who use cross-sex hormones and undergo sex reassignment surgery. …

8. “Conditioning children into believing a lifetime of chemical and surgical impersonation of the opposite sex is normal and healthful is child abuse.”

We can certainly argue over making a distinction between sexuality and gender, since such a distinction gives wiggle room to those who want to allow something other than two biologically determined sexes. Maybe we could substitute “sexual awareness” for gender. Aside from that, this declaration is remarkably good. We can expect major pressure on the American College of Pediatricians to modify or retract it.

I would go one step further. God determines our sex at conception. Refusal to accept our natural sexuality is ultimately rebellion against God, as are all other sins. May God give us a heart of compassion for victims of political correctness and perverse cultural pressure!

David Potter serves as a missionary in Hungary with Baptist World Mission.

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