An Ex-Reproductive Health Assistant Speaks Out
Thank you very much for trying so hard to shed light on what is happening. It is so deeply appreciated. As far as parental rights go in Nova Scotia, Canada it is age 12. Yes, 12. A child has the right not to have parental input into their care. I was ousted many times from the ER room and my daughter had to give consent to her doctor, in order for me to speak with her doctor. I understand there are legitimate reasons for this law, however, when you are dealing with a mentally ill child, mine was diagnosed with clinical depression at the time. Why am I sent out to buy anti-depressants and to be wholly responsible for her, and care for her, yet my input is not wanted nor is it allowed. However, if she was diagnosed with Cancer, you get an entire medical team assigned to you. Why does age not matter then? Why in Canada does a grown woman get questioned after having two children, but when she wants a tubal ligation, she is questioned and put off- doctor says you should wait you might change your mind and want more children. Yet Doctors in Canada are legally sterilizing young girls, without any adult parental input because of this law. Its insanity. Keep going Abigail there is much more to reveal.
Over the next decade, there’s going to be a lot of young adults who took hormones as teens but regret it and will be infertile, unattractive to the sex they’re attracted to, and/or have cancer. I imagine Planned Parenthood, gender-affirming doctors, and even schools will be facing millions in lawsuits from these people. But will Democrat politicians pass legislation that will make it hard for these people to sue gender-affirming “care” providers and/or trans activists will viciously pressure courts into not siding with de-transitioners?
Can I have a cigarette?
No you're six years old.
Can I have a beer?
No. You're six years old.
Can I drive the car?
Can I take hormones and change my sex?
Sure, you know best.
I first learned of this three years ago, when fewer PP centers provided such "care". As a longtime supporter I wrote a signed letter to the national headquarters, and copied it to my state's affiliate, registering my deep reservations at what looked like a social contagion taking hold of the institution, which seemed antithetical to its mission. I never received a reply, but some months later received an invitation to a breakfast meeting to celebrate a clinic nearby which was re-opening after renovations. Thinking this was a nice gesture, I sent in my money and marked my calendar.
Within a week or so, I received a phone call at my workplace--a number I had not supplied to them--in which I was told that my presence "wasn't a good idea". I was taken aback--they really didn't want me to go because I disagreed with one of their services? In my letter I expressed concern, I hadn't threatened violence, I had signed my name...nope, that was that. Not welcome anymore.
Went to PP at age 21. I saw one girl my age in the lobby, everyone else was older. Went again at age 23. Lobby packed with girls younger than I was and another young girl was standing out on the sidewalk for social distancing. Two boys, too. I was confused at what they were all doing there, especially because that clinic didn't do on-site abortions. Could they all be getting on birth control at once? What about the boys? After reading this piece, I think there was a huge explosion of trans identification just in the last two years that opened up new clientele.
Excellent piece, Abigail!
Wow. This is truly frightening. Never turned anyone away and the “counselor” is a trans identified male? How are they getting away with this negligence?
Thank you so much for writing about this crisis. In Canada, the public health gender clinics also bypass every red flag about the mental health issues that are driving predominantly girls to start testosterone & move on to surgeries. This is a nightmare & our politicians are complicit in this. They are passing gender identity laws that fine & jail parents who are trying to protect their vulnerable kids.
Unbelievable. The general public needs to be aware of what is going on. This is outrageous. I believe only when an immense amount of damage has been done that the medical community will dial this back to a reasonable gatekeeping model and not allowed for minors or others with other co-morbid conditions. And really a transwoman involved with girls?
Regarding informed consent, there’s a “catch-22” inherent in the affirmative model that makes informed consent impossible. The affirmative model standard of care forbids psychotherapeutic scrutiny, which the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) equates with conversion therapy. So, as the whistleblower describes, no questions are allowed to be asked regarding possible underlying causes, other than being trans, for the patient’s emotional distress. No time is spent assessing whether the patient’s desire to transition may be linked to trauma caused by sexual abuse, for instance, or a burgeoning awareness that she is attracted to other females but doesn’t want to be seen as a lesbian, or to an obsessive focus on physical appearance and discomfort in a female body undergoing puberty, or to any of a myriad of factors that might direct the patient’s attention away from the services and products being offered at the clinic.
The typical adolescent girl seeking to transition has little capacity for introspection, because her personality and brain are still in the process of formation. She is in thrall to groupthink, suffers from one or more serious co-morbidities, is supported by the schools and social media to embrace an ideology that offers immediate popularity and validation, and is promised by the medical profession that testosterone will make all her problems disappear. This girl is profoundly uninformed, and the long-term health risks of ingesting testosterone are the last thing she cares about. To say that she is incapable of informed consent is an understatement. If you don’t know yourself, you are not informed.
The U.K. is ahead of us on the issue of informed consent. In a landmark decision in December 2020, the High Court sided with the plaintiff, a female detransitioner named Keira Bell. The High Court ruled that adolescents are not capable of giving informed consent on such momentous medical procedures, and that the minimalist gender services provided by the National Health Service did not enable the plaintiff to make a wise decision about the surgeries and drug therapies she underwent and later regretted.
This is a worldwide child abuse scandal perpetuated by the medical profession in cahoots with ideologues. Finally, Abigail Shrier shines a light on the United States’ specific complicity in this horror.
this is absolutely horrifying
Mrs. Shrier, this post is the equivalent of telling people that Adolf Hitler had unpaid parking tickets when he died. People who murder babies by the millions will do anything.
They're also instrumental, at least here in Portland, in creating highly politicized health curriculum that teaches students to mistrust and inform on their parents for having incorrect views, chief among them being an unwillingness to donate to Planned Parenthood or support its unscientific, pseudoreligious position on gender transsubstantiation.
This is COMPLETELY horrifying. I would love to take some action but I have no idea how to get started. Any advice would be appreciated.
Probably not 'bipolar disorder'. Much more likely to be Borderline Personality Disorder. This matters a lot.
This is a crime against humanity! I once supported this organization for providing desperately needed abortions & contraception but it has become an abomination. I turned against PP years before the neoliberal trans cult when it jumped on the surrogacy bandwagon where marginalized women are turned into breeders for the wealthy. PP ought to be shut down.