Is So-Called Gender Reassignment Really a Matter of Rearranging Organs?

gender_identity1Transgenderism is next on the cultural agenda according to Time magazine. The Daily Beast ran a story yesterday reporting that Obamacare will pay for gender reassignment procedures.  What we cannot miss in all of this is that worldview very much influences the whole transgender debate. So much for the worn out phrase liberals like to throw around, “you cannot legislate morality.”  What they really mean by this is “you can’t legislate your morality but we will legislate ours.”

In today’s edition of The Briefing, Al Mohler discussed an opinion piece published in the Wall Street Journal titled, “Transgender Surgery Isn’t the Solution.”  The author is Paul McHugh, former chief psychiatrist at Johns Hopkins University Medical Center. He made a very important contribution to the transgender discussion. His expertise and experience makes his perspective on this complex issue worth listening to.

“Sex change” is biologically impossible. People who undergo sex-reassignment surgery do not change from men to women or vice versa. Rather, they become feminized men or masculinized women. Claiming that this is civil-rights matter and encouraging surgical intervention is in reality to collaborate with and promote a mental disorder.

It is worth reading McHugh’s article in its entirety, which you should do to interact honestly and fairly with it.  But what he says makes us realize that this issue is far more complex than simply rearranging organs.  The so-called gender reassignment process may make things worse before it makes them better.

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