Citing powerful testimony from people who now regret their decision to “transition” from one gender to another and the irreversible effects of the powerful drugs that are involved in the controversial process, the Florida Board of Medicine has voted to ban so-called “gender-affirming care” for trans minors under the age of 18.
Children suffering from gender dysphoria will be prohibited from accessing puberty blockers and hormone therapies, even if they are currently prescribed to them.
With this bold recommendation, which will now go to the state’s full medical board where it is expected the rule will be formally adopted, Florida has joined Arizona in placing restrictions on what many see as the life-altering mutilation of impressionable children. Alabama, Arkansas, and Texas are also attempting to pass similar rules, but must first fight their way out of the courts, where the restrictions are being challenged, according to the Daily Mail.
The stories of young people who are now choosing to “de-transition” are undeniably heartbreaking.
Speaking before the Florida Board of Medicine prior to its vote, Chloe Cole bravely shared her experience as a young teenager.
“My breasts were beautiful, now they’ve been incinerated for nothing. Thank you, modern medicine.” My public comment at the Florida Board of Medicine meeting in Orlando today. pic.twitter.com/NUuouffjqM
— Chloe Cole ⭐️ (@ChoooCole) October 28, 2022
“At 13, I started taking puberty blockers and testosterone, and at 15, I underwent a double mastectomy in which my breasts were removed and my nipples were grafted,” she said. “And yet, at 16, after years of medically transitioning, I came to realize that I severely regretted my transition.”
“It has been over a year since my last testosterone injection,” she continued. “During my diagnosis for dysphoria and the consultations for these treatments, the overall picture in my life just went completely unaddressed.”
Cole pointed to the media and the internet and said they added to her worsening body image.
“I was introduced to inappropriate content and an echo chamber of far-left ideology,” she said.
Assaulted by messages such as “women are victims” and “men are superior,” Cole says she “unknowingly gave my mind and eventually my body to an anti-science movement that reduces womanhood to long hair, Barbie dolls, dresses, and false self-perception.”
The transitioning led to more psychiatric problems, Cole shared, adding that she was “on the verge of suicide for nearly all of high school.”
According to the young woman, diagnoses of “body dysphoria” and “autism” were not reached until after she stopped transitioning.
“Why is the mental health epidemic not being addressed with mental health treatment?” she asked the board.
Cole’s parents were asked by doctors, “Would you rather have a dead daughter or a living son?”
“This is not how medical professionals are supposed to talk,” Cole stated. “This is how activists talk.”
And, tragically, Cole’s story is far from unique.
‘Point of no return’: Trans man shares ‘consequences’ of ‘life-altering’ gender decisions as a minor https://t.co/z9200aAMOk
— American Wire News (@americanwire_) October 10, 2022
“One woman explained that she was diagnosed with PTSD, OCD and even attempted suicide while using testosterone while she was living as a transman,” the Daily Mail reports.
The woman’s mental health has improved since she decided to de-transition, however, her menstrual cycle is still disrupted and she suffers from other side effects of her treatment as a youth.
“I’m truly grateful I never got surgery because I’m happily married and 28 weeks pregnant,” another woman said. “But if I had gotten surgeries that I so desperately wanted as a teenager, that would’ve stolen this future from me.”
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has long made his views on “gender-affirming care” publicly known.
“If a 14-year-old can’t get a tattoo, that child should not be able to take puberty blockers or mutilate their body by getting a sex change,” he stated in August. “Gender-affirming care is a euphemism for disfiguring kids.”
If a 14-year-old can’t get a tattoo, that child should not be able to take puberty blockers or mutilate their body by getting a sex change.
Gender-affirming care is a euphemism for disfiguring kids. pic.twitter.com/qdmpz6jvFp
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) August 16, 2022
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