A casual internet search of suicide and trans drugs will easily yield results from left-leaning media outlets that suggest gender therapy drugs help to prevent suicide amongst transgender youths, and in some cases, lowers the risk of suicide in youths who are already confused about their gender. The research conducted by the Heritage Foundation, however, points to the contrary.
“The claim that puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones prevent suicides is being used by the Biden administration and state policymakers to ease access to those drugs. It turns out that the science behind this claim is extremely weak and when the evidence is examined properly, it shows that making cross-sex treatments more widely available increases youth suicide rates rather than reducing them.”
A study reveals a higher likelihood of youth suicide in states that allow minors to receive puberty blockers for gender-affirmation without parental consent than otherwise.https://t.co/yntEZwLDbS— The Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) June 14, 2022
This afternoon, Biden will order his health agency to begin efforts to ban conversion therapy and expand access to gender-affirming treatment after an onslaught of state attempts to limit transgender health care— Sarah Owermohle (@owermohle) June 15, 2022
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As the popularity of puberty-blocking hormone treatments for minors started to expand in 2010 and onward, so did the youth suicide rates in the states that had loopholes that allowed minors to access trans-gender medical treatments without consent from their parents.
“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,” according to Dr. Greene.
Many states across the country have been taking very different approaches as to how they treat gender dysphoria youths in recent months. A new law out of California, AB-1184, “prevents insurance companies from notifying parents if children on their policies receive ‘sensitive services,’ which were defined to include gender-affirming care,” while in Texas, the states Attorney General declares sex-change operations and puberty blockers for minors to be “child abuse.