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Medical paper reveals uncomfortable facts about transgender "sex re-assignment surgery"

- From medical, psychological, and ethical perspectives

POSTED: June 4, 2010

What's the medical truth about the hormone, drug, and body mutilation procedures which attempt to "change" a person's sex -- that are even being promoted to and used on children?

This is a very frightening subject. The mental health profession recognizes "gender identity disorder" as a psychological affliction -- not an inborn biological condition. But many in the field are afraid to research it or even discuss for fear of retribution from the powerful homosexual movement.

As a result the radical activists, fringe medical practitioners, and far-left politicians are given free reign in the public forum on this issue.

In fact, the Massachusetts Legislature is considering the Transgender Rights and Hate Crimes Bill -- which would change our laws to force all citizens to accommodate these behaviors (and even promote them in our schools), and punish people severely who don't agree. Is this the right thing to do?

In addition, the Massachusetts Department of Motor Vehicles now allows "transgendered" people to have their drivers' licenses officially changed to the opposite sex. Is this a good thing?

The National Catholic Bioethics Center is not intimidated, and has published an important paper in their magazine, National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly, by three prominent figures in this field: Richard P. Fitzgibbons, MD, is a psychiatrist and psychologist with over 25 years' experience dealing with same-sex attraction and related behaviors. Philip Sutton, PhD, is a psychologist who has done extensive research on the treatment of unwanted homosexuality. Dale O'Leary is an award-winning researcher, author, and lecturer. All three authors have with been active with NARTH (National Organization for Research & Therapy of Homosexuality) for many years.

This paper reveals many uncomfortable truths about a subject that most medical people unfortunately don't want to touch.

Below is the abstract of the paper:

The Psychopathology of "Sex Reassignment Surgery": Assessing its Medical, Psychological and Ethical Appropriateness

by Richard Fitzgibbons MD, Philip Sutton PhD, and Dale O'Leary


Is it ethical to perform a surgery whose purpose is to make a male look like a female or a female to appear male? Is it medically appropriate?

Sexual Reassignment Surgery (SRS) violates basic medical and ethical principles and is therefore not ethically or medically appropriate.

(1) SRS mutilates a healthy, non-diseased body. To perform surgery on healthy body involves unnecessary risks; therefore, SRS violates the principle "primum non nocere (first, do no harm)."

(2) Candidates for SRS may believe that they are trapped in the bodies of the wrong sex and therefore desire, or more accurately demand SRS; however, this belief is generated by a disordered perception of self. Such a fixed, irrational belief is appropriately described as a delusion. SRS, therefore, is a "category mistake"-it offers a surgical solution for psychological problems such as a failure to accept the goodness of one's masculinity or femininity, lack of secure attachment relationships in childhood with same sex peers or a parent, self-rejection, untreated gender identity disorder, addiction to masturbation and fantasy, poor body image, excessive anger, severe psychopathology in a parent, etc.

(3) SRS does not accomplish what it claims to accomplish. It does not change a person's sex; therefore, it provides no true benefit.

(4) SRS is a "permanent," effectively unchangeable, and often unsatisfying surgical attempt to change what may be only a temporary (i.e., psychothepeutically changeable) psychological/psychiatric condition.

At the very least, this should be required reading for every politician in the Massachusetts Legislature.

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