Date: August 4, 2022
Host: Jim Schneider
Guest : Dr Jeffrey Barrows
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Starting in kindergarten, there is a push to introduce children to the idea of denying science by questioning their biological sex. This is fanning the flames of gender dysphoria and creating an increase in young people claiming to be transgender.
In the past, we’ve faced the Biden administration’s threat to withhold school lunch funding from schools that don’t allow confused biological boys to compete on girls’ sports teams and vice versa. It also impacts the use of restrooms, changing rooms, night excursions and more.
Additionally, the Biden administration’s Department of Health and Human Services is attempting to amend Section 1557 and redefine sex discrimination so broadly that it threatens doctors’ ability to practice medicine based on sound medical evidence and their own principles of faith.
To help clarify this issue, Crosstalk hosted Dr. Jeffrey Barrows. He is Senior Vice President of Bioethics and Public Policy for the Christian Medical and Dental Associations. Dr. Barrows is an obstetrician/gynecologist, author, educator, medical ethicist and lecturer. He received his medical degree from Des Moines College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery in 1978 and his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology from Doctors Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. He is also very committed to the fight against human trafficking.
Why is this gender identity dysphoria problem exploding today and what does it have to do with Section 1557? In order to fully understand the connection, Dr. Barrows provided listeners with background information.
Until 2013, this problem was called gender identity disorder. It was considered by the mental health profession to be a mental health problem in the person who suffered from it. Then in 2013, the American Psychiatric Association changed its coding.
He described gender dysphoria as a term that simply refers to bad or negative feelings about their biological sex. It removed the sanity component and almost legitimized feelings of dysphoria in a way that changed the approach to this issue.
Then around 2015-2016 came rapid-onset gender dysphoria. Historically, gender dysphoria and gender identity disorder have been a problem in less than 1% of children, but generally more common in biological males from an early age. However, rapid onset gender dysphoria is very different. This phenomenon occurs during adolescence, is more common in biological women and is associated with peer groups. This has been seen with the advent of social networks.
Dr. Barrows also noted that transgender ideology believes that a child is born with some sense of their gender. They also think it doesn’t have to match their biological sex. Nor does transgender ideology believe that parents are the experts or the best influence. This is why there is such a push for their ideology to be included in the school curriculum and why they go to great lengths to hide this from parents.
Originally, Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act defined what constituted discrimination. He used standard definitions of discrimination based on ethnicity, origin and the interpretation of sex as biological sex.
In 2016, during the last year of the Obama administration, it was decided to change the definition of sex discrimination to include gender identity and pregnancy. The other thing they did was clarify that instead of it applying to routine care for all patients, regardless of their sexual orientation or whether they identify as transgender, the discrimination would include also failing to provide certain treatments or procedures, such as an OBGYN refusing to give estrogen to a biological male who identifies as female.
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