A recently published study highlights a concerning rise in “sex change” surgeries performed in the United States. Irreversible “trans” procedures increased almost threefold between 2016 and 2019, with a substantial proportion involving young individuals seeking chest mutilation or reconstruction. The study was conducted by three medical doctors associated with Columbia University and the University of Southern California, and was published in the JAMA Network Open journal last week.
In Alaska, there are multiple facilities offering “gender affirming care” including surgery. Chena Health, in Fairbanks, promotes hysterectomies (the removal of all or part of the uterus) and oophorectomies (the removal of one or both ovaries) as part of their transgender health regime. “If you are looking for someone to see your child for gender affirming care,” they state, “We would be honored to be part of their care team.“
The overall number of health system encounters for gender identity disorder rose from 13,855 in 2016 to 38,470 in 2020.
Around 48,000 individuals underwent these surgeries over the course of the five-year examination, with approximately 13,000 procedures conducted in 2019 before slightly dropping to 12,800 in 2020, likely due to the pandemic. Just over half of the patients fell within the age range of 19 to 30.
During the peak year, approximately 1,200 surgeries were performed on patients aged 18 and younger.
According to the study, “the overall number of health system encounters for gender identity disorder rose from 13,855 in 2016 to 38,470 in 2020.” Billing codes for gender dysphoria consistently increased in conjunction with surgical interventions, rising from 32.9% of billable diagnosed disorders in 2016 to 37.1% in 2019.
Further, 60.5% of individuals who underwent these procedures utilized private insurance, while 25.3% relied on Medicaid. The vast majority of patients (42,467 or 88.4%) underwent the surgeries at urban teaching hospitals, and it was noted that a disproportionate number of patients resided in the western United States (22,037 or 45.9%) and in the northeast (12,396 or 25.8 percent).
In Alaska, as reported by our friends at the Alaska Watchman, the Alaska Dept. of Health & Social Services has agreed to regulation changes, which now permit the state to access public funds to pay for surgery and hormones that alter a person’s appearance in order to make them look like a member of the opposite sex.
Alaska Family Council will be working with the Alaska Board of Medicine and others to end this malpractice in our state…
Backing Up What We Learned From Chloe Cole
As Alaskans learned from our recent visit with Chloe Cole, there is an obvious connection between what is happening in culture and the decisions being made by young people to forever change the trajectory of their lives. Additional research shows that the drastic increase in cases of gender dysphoria is likely caused by social contagion.
For a funny, acerbic, a bit profane and spot on monologue to put this in to perspective, watch this Bill Maher clip.
Gender-affirming procedures mutilate healthy bodies, promote dangerous lies, and cause irreversible damage such as infertility. Full stop. It’s time to put an end to this medical abuse and protect Alaskan children before it’s too late.
ALASKA WATCHMAN DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX
As our national allies at Family Policy Alliance and their “Help Not Harm” campaign put it, when a child is struggling to accept his or her biological sex, transgender activists will send that child a message to “be yourself.” In reality it’s a message that says:
“Be Yourself” EXCEPT…
CHANGE your body chemistry makeup.
CHANGE or amputate healthy body parts.
CHANGE your appearance with surgery.
In other words…CHANGE who you really are.
Alaska Family Council will be working with the Alaska Board of Medicine and others to end this malpractice in our state and we encourage you to stay informed and engaged. Truth will win out.
The views expressed here are those of the author.