Being â€œgender-affirmingâ€ shouldnâ€™t be an excuse for a doctor to commit medical malpractice. But that may be happening in many cases. The National Review describes a possible example. Doctors affirmed a manâ€™s false belief that he had a female gender identity, and then mutilated his body by giving him a sex change he came to regret.
Plagued by self-hatred about his speech and mannerisms, he â€œheard about transgenderismâ€ in college, and â€œseized on it as the solution.â€ A gender-affirming free clinic â€œimmediately affirmedâ€ his female gender identity. He was then given â€œa rather incomplete informed consent document to sign.â€ Later, his doctor told him that he â€œshould really get surgery.â€ He was given an orchiectomy, after being told it would help him. But he says he wasnâ€™t even told that orchiectomy was castration. After being castrated, he â€œdeveloped a drug habitâ€ and began â€œejaculating blood.â€ He said that â€œthe gender clinic kept telling me, â€˜Oh, it gets better.â€™â€ But it didnâ€™t.
He says he was never given an independent psychological evaluation, either before beginning hormone-replacement therapy or before surgery. After surgery, a different therapist found him to be on the autistic spectrum. But by then, he had already been castrated.
Getting a sex change seems to have caused real havoc in the lives of thousands of people.
The National Review story describes one of those many people:
At age 44, Debbie transitioned medically, taking testosterone, which gave her a beard and made her go bald. She then transitioned surgically, having flesh from her arm grafted to construct a pseudo-penis. Debbie told the BBC that she got the idea about being transgender after watching TV coverage of trans people. â€¦ She hoped that changing gender would help her â€œbecome a different personâ€ as well as â€œaccepted in the world.â€ However, after 17 years on testosterone and changing her name to Lee, and after having had â€œmultiple procedures,â€ she realized she had made a mistake:
â€˜I remember breaking down. It was like this was a mistake. It should never have happened. But what the hell do you do about it? How do you go through yet another harrowing transition? What do you do? Iâ€™ve got no hair. Iâ€™ve got a beard. Iâ€™ve had all my body mutilated. How the hell do I go back to being the Debbie that I was?â€™
Will there will be a wave of malpractice lawsuits against clinics that profit from sex changes? Fred Arnolfson thinks so:
The liability in a few years for these for-profit â€œchop shopsâ€ is going to be unbelievable. Thousands of cases of castrated men, some of whom have early onset osteoporosis, mental impairment, ostomies, etc. Theyâ€™ll claim they werenâ€™t really transgender and it will rain money.
Those who put children through gender transitions will face harsh questioning, he says:
The transitioning of youth will end up being remembered like frontal lobotomies. This is a treatment that isnâ€™t proven to work with adults, has huge costs, is irreversible, has health consequences, and is done to children despite the fact that 80% of kids desist automatically.
Itâ€™s not just doctors and psychiatrists who have made mistakes in their zeal to be â€œgender-affirming.â€ Judges and other government officials have made mistakes that harmed individuals, their family members, and other people.
Jamie Shupe gives one example in â€œI was Americaâ€™s first â€˜nonbinary person.â€™ It was all a sham.â€ Jamie Shupe is, in fact, male, as he notes in the Daily Signal. But he wanted in vain to be a woman, due to a condition known as â€œautogynephilia.â€ When his therapist expressed skepticism about whether he would actually benefit from trying to change his sex, he filed a â€œformal complaintâ€ against her and found a new therapist, who readily affirmed his new â€œidentity as a woman.â€ But eventually he changed his mind and decided he was nonbinary, not female:
When the fantasy of being a woman came to an end, I asked two of my doctors to allow me to become nonbinary instead of female to bail me out. Both readily agreed. â€¦ To escape the delusion of having become a woman, I did something completely unprecedented in American history. In 2016, I convinced an Oregon judge to declare my sex to be nonbinaryâ€”neither male nor female.
As a result of this ruling, a â€œnonbinary optionâ€ now â€œexists in 11 states,â€ even though Shupeâ€™s â€œsex change to nonbinary was a medical and scientific fraud.â€ The judgeâ€™s ruling did not reflect even rudimentary consideration of the evidence. As Shupe observes:
the judge didnâ€™t ask me a single question. Nor did this officer of the court demand to see any medical evidence alleging that I was born something magical. Within minutes, the judge just signed off on the court order.
I do not have any disorders of sexual development. All of my sexual confusion was in my head. I should have been treated. Instead, at every step, doctors, judges, and advocacy groups indulged my fiction.
The carnage that came from my court victory is just as precedent-setting as the decision itself. The judgeâ€™s order led to millions of taxpayer dollars being spent to put an X marker on driverâ€™s licenses in 11 states so far. You can now become male, female, or nonbinary in all of them. A sensible magistrate would have politely told me no and refused to sign such an outlandish legal request. â€˜Gender is just a concept. Biological sex defines all of us,â€™ that person would have said. .â€¦ In January 2019, unable to advance the fraud for another single day, I reclaimed my male birth sex.