Last March, while HB1661 (last years bathroom bill) was making the rounds in New Hampshire–as in other states–the American College of Pediatricians issued a statement and guidance on the issue of children, gender ideology, and gender dysphoria.
NH House Bill 478 is the same legislation only this year too many Republicans are ignoring the danger it represents to both women and girls, and to children. The bill came out of committee with a recommendation to pass it, so the only way to stop it is a floor fight. You need to reach out to your representatives and tell them to table this bill.
If you’d like some ammunition the American College of Pediatricians has updated their guidance and statement on this issue and its impact on children, and added a number of links in support.
Follow each link for more context from the American College of Pediatricians.
Gender Ideology harms Children (Updated Jan. 2017)
The American College of Pediatricians urges healthcare professionals, educators and legislators to reject all policies that condition children to accept as normal a life of chemical and surgical impersonation of the opposite sex. Facts – not ideology – determine reality.
The joint DOE and DOJ directive to allow access to sex-specific restrooms, locker rooms and sports teams in accordance with a student’s gender identity is rooted in a political ideology that will threaten the health, privacy, safety and learning experience of all students.
Conditioning children to believe the absurdity that they or anyone could be “born into the wrong body,” and that a lifetime of chemical and surgical impersonation of the opposite sex is normal and healthful is child abuse.
It is for this reason that linguistic engineering always precedes social engineering — even in medicine. Many hold the mistaken belief that gender once meant biological sex. Though the terms are often used interchangeably they were never truly synonymous.9,10 Feminists of the late 1960’s and 1970’s used gender to refer to a “social sex” that could differ from one’s “biological sex” in order to overcome unjust discrimination against women rooted in sex stereotypes. These feminists are largely responsible for mainstreaming the use of the word gender in place of sex. More recently, in an attempt to eliminate heteronormativity, queer theorists have expanded gender into an excess of 50 categories by merging the concept of a social sex with sexual attractions.9 However, neither usage reflects the original meaning of the term.
Mandates by public institutions to force the acceptance of GD as a normal variant of child development and require social accommodation, toxic hormone therapy and surgical removal of healthy body parts, are misguided and dangerous. The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, the Christian Medical Association, and the Catholic Medical Association share the College’s concern over this approach. Together our groups represent over 20,000 physicians and health professionals. Opposition also exists among liberal-leaning healthcare professionals who have created an online community known as Youth Trans Critical Professionals. However, those who dare to speak out in support of “First do no harm” often encounter significant public and private harassment, and many have lost or will lose their jobs.
HB478 is a state level extension of the Obama DOJ guidance opposed by The American College of Pediatricians as, “a political ideology that will threaten the health, privacy, safety and learning experience of all students.” It will also provide easy access to women’s bathrooms, changing rooms, and locker rooms to sexual predators who will use the language of the bill to gain entry.
It makes no difference if that is not the intention of HB478. That is what will happen.
Call or write your representatives today and tell them to vote to table HB478 or failing that to oppose any effort to pass this dangerous legislation.