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4 Years Old Too Young for Gender Reassignment?

Would you like a peanut butter sandwich or turkey sandwich for lunch?

Do you want to wear your yellow shirt or blue shirt today?

Would you rather have a penis or a vagina?

Let’s play a game. One of these questions doesn’t belong, circle the question that doesn’t fit with the others. The answer should be obvious, but times are changing folks.

Apparently, for young children, the option to change their sex is becoming more feasible. Newsday reported that kids as young as 4 years old are getting sex-changes.

Now, I keep my lips zipped about lots of things. I like to think that I’m open minded to various topics, and I’ll happily admit I’m old-fashioned in others. Regardless, I’m typically one to allow people to make their choices free from judgement on my part. Because I obviously would expect and hope that from others. But when I read about a topic such as this, my lips…unzip.

I’ve spent the day mulling over this topic, trying to see every side and I’m having a hard time accepting that children as young as 4 have the ability to believe they were born the wrong gender and have the maturity to make such a choice. It just seems too young. I’m even more shocked that parents are willing to make such a life-changing choice for their child and doctors are granting their wishes.

Not only does the choice to put your child through sex-changing hormone therapy alter their entire future, it’s also not a safe one. Dr. Norman Spack, Director of one of the nation’s first gender identity medical clinics, at Children’s Hospital Boston.said…

Sex hormones, especially in high doses when used long-term, can have serious side effects, including blood clots and cancer.

People! Am I crazy? These are small children! The risks and consequences to a choice of this magnitude are huge.

I have a 5-year-old and a 7-year-old and there are decisions they are not able to make sheerly because they are 5 and 7. A few months ago, my 7-year-old daughter told me she hated gymnastics and wasn’t a gymnast. I kept her in gymnastics anyway. A few weeks later, she changed her mind and begged for more classes. I know gymnastics and sex changes don’t lie in the same category, but I do think that time and maturity should be a factor in such an irreversible and life-altering choice.

Am I off my rocker to think that making the choice to alter your child’s sex at such a young age is unethical?

 

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