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These off-label drugs being given to younger and younger children, often after all of one counseling session, have never been tested for long-term side effects in children, and aren’t FDA-approved. There are many suspected side effects already being reported, and one pretty major known side effect: sterilization. A kid in elementary school or junior high doesn’t have the cognitive ability to understand the reality of long-term consequences. Even kids who aren’t on these drugs haven’t decided their reproductive futures. They may never want kids at 12, only to change their minds at 30, or decide an only child is better than the 10 kids they daydreamt about for years.
Minors shouldn’t be allowed to make irreversible medical decisions, and their parents shouldn’t make such decisions on their behalf either. It’s not like they need extreme chemo or surgery to treat a very aggressive cancer. Someone so young doesn’t understand long-term consequences. We don’t let children get married, drive, drink, vote, serve in the military, take out mortgages, rent apartments, represent themselves in court, or decide their own medical treatment, so why do they suddenly have so much wisdom as to absolutely know they want to medically and surgically modify their bodies to an irreversible degree?
It’s not as though young people never change their minds. For years, I wanted eight kids, and even before I began getting past my most fertile years, I slowly changed my mind about wanting that many. I now would have no problem only ever having one child. Likewise, most people no longer marry the first person they ever date. That person you swear is your “first and only love!” may not even be your partner for six months. Though there are more than a few happy exceptions, there’s a reason there’s such a high divorce rate among people who marry in their late teens and early twenties.
If you really want something, and are serious about it, you’ll keep wanting it when you’re a legal adult and can make that decision on your own. I wanted my nostril pierced since I saw it on two classmates in seventh grade, and by the time I finally had it done at 23, it was more than just a passing fancy or something I thought was cool. I’d done a lot of research, and went to a good studio whose head piercer is also an LPN (though not the APP-certified studio I had my future piercings at).
I’ve also wanted piercings all up my ears since I first saw that style on a ticket girl at Idlewild Park when I was about seven. I now understand my particular ear anatomy may not support that exact style, but I still want to trick the remainder of my ears out in a way which works for me. I don’t have much of a midway helix to sustain a normal piercing on either ear, and I’m totally okay with that. That just means having a conch piercing where a midway helix might be on someone else.
However, taking sterilizing hormones and having radical surgery are irreversible decisions. It’s not like religious conversion, a tattoo or piercing, marriage, or moving far away. You can always revert back to your religion of origin, join a new faith, or live without religion, have a tattoo covered up or lasered off, get a divorce, move home or to a better locale, or retire a piercing. If you change your mind again, you can remarry your ex, get something repierced, move again, rejoin your faith, or get the tattoo redone. But you can’t undo breast removal, radical genital surgery, or the effects of longterm drug use.
People are afraid of “being on the wrong side of history,” but I have a hunch more people will become as skeptical as I’ve become of this sudden explosion. Britain alone reports a 930% increase in just six years, which is beyond disproportionate. I can already see the tide turning, as more people publicly question all this. Someday this will be viewed the same way decent, normal people now view lobotomies, twilight sleep, and arsenic injections, and we’ll see lots of lawsuits and tell-alls.