Planned Parenthood abortion centers in Alaska are now handing out powerful cross-sex hormones to Alaskans as young as 18 years old.

An article announcing the practice was sent to Planned Parenthood supporters on June 16.

According to Planned Parenthood, which is the largest provider of abortions in Alaska, it now offers “hormone therapy” drugs to alter the physical appearance of those who identify as transgender, non-binary or intersex so that they can “more closely align their bodies with their gender identity.”

Alaska is one of many states where Planned Parenthood now markets and distributes cross-sex hormones. There are currently four Alaska Planned Parenthood clinics located in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau and Soldotna.

Despite limited studies about long-term health impacts of changing one’s bodily appearance with powerful hormones, Planned Parenthood is offering the drugs to anyone 18 years or older with no need for a referral from a doctor or letter from a mental health care provider. Patients merely call or book an appointment online. Planned Parenthood staff will then write a prescription that can be taken to a local pharmacy.

These drugs, however, come with serious health risks. A peer reviewed study published on the National Center for Biotechnology Information website states that there is concern that transgender hormones can lead to a greater risk of heart attack and stroke.

Transgender hormones are a highly controversial topic in the medical field, especially as they relate to children and teens.

The National Breast Cancer Foundation reports that just one in every 1,000 men is ever diagnosed with breast cancer. However, according to a May 2019 study in the British Medical Journal, men on hormone therapy to “transition” to women were more than 46 times more likely to suffer from breast cancer. Similarly, gender-confused women taking testosterone to “transition” to a male appearance were almost 60 times more likely to develop breast cancer. The study followed 2,260 gender-confused men and 1,229 gender-confused women.

Planned Parenthood does not currently give puberty blockers to Alaska minors, but this is a practice the group fully supports.

“Planned Parenthood is acutely aware of the need for this type of health care, the current lack of access, and the relentless political attacks against trans youth health care,” the recent article stated. “Once the affiliate has better mastered the implementation of gender affirming hormone care, it may be expanded to include youth.” 

Transgender hormones are a highly controversial topic in the medical field, especially as they relate to children and teens. States across the nation are implementing bans on the practice.

Dr. Michelle Cretella, president of the American College of Pediatricians, called it child abuse to promote transgender therapies for children. In a speech given at the Heritage Foundation last October she spoke of dangers associated with the practice.

“Chemical castration is what you’re doing when you put any biologically normal child on puberty blockers,” Cretella was quoted in a LifeSiteNews article. “It’s treating puberty like a disease, arresting a normal process which is critical to normal development.”

Dr. Cretella added that medical professionals who promote these treatments on confused youth are engaging in “experimentation on children.” She observed that gender confusion is common in preadolescents and adolescents and usually resolves after puberty.

When it comes to transgender surgery, which includes cutting off healthy breasts and mutilating sexual organs to reconfigure outward appearances, Planned Parenthood’s Alaska affiliates are willing to write referral letters for such procedures.

“Yes! After a patient has established care, they can ask their provider to connect them with a patient care navigator, who will help them with this service,” the group stated.

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Alaska Planned Parenthood centers issuing dangerous cross-sex hormones to teens

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 24 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.