Prominent cardiologist and COVID vaccine skeptic Dr. Peter McCullough is raising concerns about the medicalization of transgender children and advocating for accountability among doctors.
In a recent article on his Substack platform, McCullough emphasized the need for “severe legal penalties” for physicians involved in providing life-altering transgender medical treatments.
McCullough, a well-respected voice in the medical community, highlighted the distress of young parents who approach him, questioning how any doctor could prescribe hormones or remove the breasts of a young girl experiencing gender dysphoria and confusion during puberty.
He argued that transgender medicalization not only fails to cure gender dysphoria but also results in the sterilization of many children, with a particular focus on those with autism.
McCullough further expressed belief that the future of transgender medicine is in jeopardy, urging academic and community hospitals to shut down gender change clinics and issue apologies to parents and children. He emphasized that using hormones and performing mutilating surgeries on children is not aligned with good clinical practice or the principles of medicine.
The article called for strict consequences on doctors who prescribe gender-changing hormones or carry out disfiguring surgeries. “Because the medical profession is not policing itself, states are stepping in with severe consequences for doctors who prescribe gender changing hormones [and] perform disfiguring surgery,” he stated.
About 31 states have proposed restrictions on child sex change treatments. Of the 31, 14 including Alabama, Iowa, Arizona, Georgia, Florida, Idaho, South Dakota and Mississippi, have the measures approved. Hence, transgender treatments such as puberty blockers, hormone therapy and sex-reassignment surgical procedures can not be carried out on minors in these states.
Failure to comply with the active ban often entails criminal penalties for doctors in states like Georgia.
In some states, medical review boards have the authority to discipline doctors who violate the bans. Violators in Kentucky, Mississippi, and South Dakota can even have their medical licenses revoked as a consequence.
McCullough’s article comes in the face of the alarming increase in the number of American teenagers identifying as transgender. In 2021, approximately 300,000 American teens aged 13 to 17 identified as transgender.
By the same year, about 5,000 younger children were placed on puberty blockers, with 15,000 teenagers who identify as transgender receiving cross-sex hormones. Furthermore, over 700 teenage girls underwent the removal of healthy breasts, while at least 56 minors underwent genital sex-change surgery.
These figures underscore the magnitude of the issue and have led to concerns from parents and medical professionals, especially as some young individuals who previously identified as transgender have spoken out about regretting their decision to undergo medical interventions.
Allowing your minor child to take transgender hormone blockers is child abuse and should be illegal in every state across the country.
— Abby Johnson (@AbbyJohnson) May 30, 2023