Pediatricians Respond to and Challenge Psychology Today

The American College of Pediatricians has held true to its founding principles summarized by its slogan, “Best for Children.” The College has also quietly endured ad hominem attacks for making factual statements that threaten agendas which promote the wants of adults over the needs of children. Attacking the messenger is a tactic commonly used by those who cannot refute a truthful message. Labels such as “hate group”, “extremist”, “right wing”, or “miniscule” reveal desperate attempts to suppress facts that fail to support a desired agenda.  In the past, The College has simply directed critics to the relevant content on its website. On May 8, 2017, however, Psychology Today published this article by Mr. Jack Turban that is not only libelous, but also denies the fact that untold numbers of American children are being experimented upon, and many of them permanently sterilized, under the guise of treating a largely transient disorder known as Gender Dysphoria of Childhood. This warrants a more public and focused response which may be read here.

In addition to this targeted response, Dr. Cretella, President of the American College of Pediatricians, states,

We challenge our critics to go beyond name calling and to instead join us in creating two bipartisan research teams: One research team to publish a Cochrane Review on the WPATH standards for Childhood Gender Dysphoria, and a second team to investigate and publish on the benefits and risks from sexual orientation change therapy when provided by licensed mental health professionals.

Cochrane Reviews are scientifically rigorous and have stringent requirements that minimize the influence of investigator bias.  Not only should the conclusions be accepted by professionals on both sides of the debate, but the results should also provide a way forward toward securing the best for children.