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Posts allegedly leaked by the American Academy of Pediatrics allegedly show doctors expressing outrage at the organization’s stance on puberty-blocking drugs used on transgender teens.
The Daily Mail this week reported on alleged leaks of messages from doctors who disagreed with the American Academy of Pediatrics over whether to recommend potentially harmful drugs and surgeries to teens who want to go through the sex reassignment process.
“Before promulgating gender-affirming care, with all its ethical implications (irreversible bodily alterations, sterility, etc.)… don’t we want to be sure that this is the best path?” a pediatrician who belonged to the organization wrote.
Others who commented said the organization’s position on puberty blocking drugs “endorsed great harm” based on “sparse and poor quality” evidence and was “dangerous and unsustainable”.
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“What we need most right now is better research to make sure we’re doing the right thing for our patients,” another doctor wrote.
Another doctor criticized the AAP for allegedly blocking debate on the issue and some said they were “unable to comment” on the issue in person and “no longer trust the APP”.
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The AAP has been widely criticized in recent months by those who have accused the group of deliberately pushing children into drug cocktails and possibly surgery rather than less drastic methods of treatment.
In a statement to Fox News Digital, the AAP accused the critics of spreading “misinformation” about the group’s stance on the treatment of transgender teens.
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“Critics of the Academy’s gender-affirming care policy are actively spreading misinformation about what it says,” the group said. “The truth is that the AAP recommends a compassionate, holistic, evidence-based approach, with no end goal or agenda. The AAP follows the evidence and bases its recommendations on the best science.”
The statement continued. “When gender-affirming care is necessary and appropriate, it can save lives. It does not push medical treatment or surgery; in fact, for the vast majority of children, it recommends the opposite. “AAP have been misinterpreted and those who suffer most are young people trying to live their lives as themselves. AAP will continue to stand up in support of all children and adolescents, including those who are transgender.”