Sex-change therapies on children 'beyond the pale'
Pete Chagnon - OneNewsNow
4/23/2008 9:00:00 AM

Children's Hospital Boston, a world-renowned center for pediatric healthcare, is being criticized by a Massachusetts-based pro-family group for offering sex-change therapy to patients as young as ten years old.

The Boston Globe recently published an article on Dr. Norman Spack, who last year started a new clinic at Children's Hospital that, among other treatments, performs sex-change therapy on "transgendered" children. The Gender Management Service Clinic, as it is called, defines that group as "patients with no known anatomic or biochemical disorder who feel like a member of the opposite sex."


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In the Globe article, Spack details how he prescribes hormone therapy to halt puberty in children as young as ten years old, and then uses further hormone therapy to change children to the sex of their desire. Spack also lauds how he changed one transgendered child who was "destined to be a 6-foot-4 male" into a 5-foot-10 girl.
 
Brian Camenker heads MassResistance, a pro-family organization based in Massachusetts. He laments what the future may hold.
 
"Just the idea that they would do this to innocent, confused, and vulnerable children -- it's beyond the pale. But I don't think that we've seen the end," says Camenker. "This isn't the end of the line; this is going to get worse unless people are willing to step up to the plate and stop it. And it's going to get to a point where it'll start happening a lot. This is just the beginning, I think."
 
Spack was asked by the Globe interviewer to identify the most difficult ethical issue he faces in performing these treatments. His response: Telling a 12-year-old that they will probably be infertile for the rest of their life. Spack was also asked how his Jewish faith impacts his work. He replied that his rabbi said it best when he said that "the transgendered are also created in the image of God."
 
Camenker takes personal affront to that response. "Being Jewish myself, it's a tremendous embarrassment that he would try to claim that Judaism has any connection at all to this kind of demonic and lunatic behavior -- because it doesn't," he states.
 
The pro-family spokesman urges concerned parents and citizens to contact Children's Hospital Boston and ask them why they would support Dr. Spack's clinic.


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