The study, which was conducted by Dr. Jay Greene, comes in response to a growing number of states and legislators who are pushing these damaging drugs – which have been traditionally used to chemically castrate sex offenders and pedophiles – as a solution to the skyrocketing suicide rate in the US that’s being driven by the left’s insane gender ideology.
Greene found that in states that allow minors to receive drugs like puberty blockers for gender affirmation, the rate of suicide among young people aged 12-23 is substantially higher (1.6 additional suicides per 100,000) than in states which do not allow easy access to these transgender drugs. Additionally, when accounting for only the states that allow minors access to gender reassignment procedures without parental consent, the suicide rate gets even worse, ballooning to 3.5 additional suicides per 100,000 – a massive increase, when the baseline rate for youth suicide is 11.1 per 100,000.
From the Heritage Foundation Study:
By 2020, there are about 1.6 more suicides per 100,000 people ages 12 to 23 in states that have a policy allowing minors to access health care without parental consent than in states without such a policy. The average state suicide rate in this age group between 1999 and 2020 was 11.1, making an additional 1.6 suicides per 100,000 an increase of 14 percent in the suicide rate.
Without making any adjustments, suicide rates among those ages 12 to 23 (blue line) begin to spike in states that have provisions that allow minors to access health care without parental consent relative to states that have no such provision around 2016, after cross-sex medical interventions became more common. By 2020, there are about 3.5 more suicides per 100,000 people ages 12 to 23 in states with easier access than in states without an access provision.
Greene’s data shows that the problem has exploded over the last decade-plus as the gender reassignment drugs became more widely available and easily accessible. In fact, there wasn’t even a distinguishable difference in suicide rates between states that had allowed access or not as recently as 2010, but, by 2015, a massive gap had formed. And, by 2020, the problem is becoming as clear as day – these drugs and destructive policies are most likely causing more youth suicides.
Unsurprisingly, the skyrocketing suicide rate also mirrors Google search data for “puberty blockers” – with both experiencing a sharp uptick in 2015.
The study continues:
“Lowering legal barriers to make it easier for minors to undergo cross-sex medical interventions without parental consent does not reduce suicide rates—in fact, it likely leads to higher rates of suicide among young people in states that adopt these changes…
…It is clear that the presence of a state-level provision for minors to access health care without parental consent makes no difference in suicide rates among those ages 12 to 23 until about 2010, when the suicide rate begins to drift up in states with easier access.
In the past several years, the suicide rate among those ages 12 to 23 has become significantly higher in states that have a provision that allows minors to receive routine health care without parental consent than in states without such a provision. Before 2010, these two groups of states did not differ in their youth suicide rates. Starting in 2010, when puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones became widely available, elevated suicide rates in states where minors can more easily access those medical interventions became observable.”
Just like with other studies, Greene concludes that “gender-affirming” interventions like drugs and reassignment surgery to prevent suicide fails, and actually makes the problem worse for children struggling with gender dysphoria (diagnosed at about 1 in 35,000-100,000) – let alone the children who are trying to fit in amid the transgender social contagion.
In the vast majority of cases – even with the rare case of true gender dysphoria, the child will be able to resolve the issues on their own without medical intervention, but now the default position is to ignore all of the data in favor of pumping children full of cross-sex hormones and puberty blockers.
Giving children these drugs, which are billed as ‘temporary’ or ‘reversible’ and have never been used in this way in society, is nothing short of medical experimentation – especially when the medical ‘providers’ aren’t required to obtain parental consent in many states.
In the end, Greene argues that states need to act immediately and close the loopholes that allow medical professionals to cut the parents out of the treatment decisions for their children. He believes anyone under 18 should be barred completely from these types of permanent and destructive medical procedures.
“States should instead adopt parental bills of rights that affirm the fact that parents have primary responsibility for their children’s education and health, and that require school officials and health professionals to receive permission from parents before administering health services, including medication and ‘gender-affirming’ counseling, to children under 18. States should also tighten the criteria for receiving cross-sex treatments, including raising the minimum eligibility age.”
These monsters are coming for America’s children. Enough is enough. They must be stopped.
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