The World Health Organisation (WHO) have added their weight to growing concerns over transgender treatment for children and adolescents with their announcement that evidence regarding the long-term outcomes of such treatment is limited and conflicting.
Ashlyn Vice, South Australian (SA) State Director for the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL), said “The announcement from WHO highlights the importance of the Honourable Frank Pangallo MLC’s motion in our Legislative Council calling for an inquiry into the support and treatment for young people presenting with gender dysphoria.
“Parents, teachers, and community members in SA are understandably concerned over the rate at which young people are seeking gender transition, despite there being very little evidence about long-term outcomes, and recent studies which found puberty suppression treatment has a negative impact on cognitive function and IQ and that it is likely these impacts are irreversible.
As nations such as Finland, Sweden, France, Norway, and the U.K. move to restrict gender-affirmative action for minors in response to emerging literature, Frank Pangallo’s call for an inquiry is timely as it would give SA decision makers the opportunity to consider the WHO advice and recent studies in a transparent manner.”
The ACL calls on the South Australian Legislative Council to support the Honourable Frank Pangallo’s motion for an inquiry into treatments being provided to young people experiencing gender dysphoria.