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Autism correlation strengthens case for trans kids inquiry

The Australian Christian Lobby has consistently called for a full parliamentary inquiry into the explosion in the number of children seeking to transition to a different gender. The Melbourne Royal Children’s Hospital gender clinic led by paediatrician Dr Michelle Telfer saw a 1,567% increase in referrals since she took charge, while the Queensland Children’s Hospital youth gender clinic caseload has increased 1,172% since 2014.

World-renowned Brisbane-based Asperger’s expert Tony Attwood last week backed a broad inquiry into the over-representation of teens with autism in gender clinics, with 45% of 383 patients (mostly girls around 14) at Australia’s busiest clinic displaying autism features.

“The ACL commends Health Minister Hunt for this week calling on state health ministers to investigate the autism correlation,” ACL spokesman Dan Flynn said, “A piecemeal approach is not the answer. The Australian and international evidence needs to be collected in one federal inquiry, looking at all the serious personal and ethical ramifications of changing children’s gender.”

“The UK is leading the way by proposing a ban on gender surgery before 18 years of age. The government and federal parliament must support the calls from Dr Attwood and the National Association of Practising Psychiatrists, with a full federal inquiry.”


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