Letter to the WCP Editor – 11.08.11

Letter to the WCP Editor – 11.08.11

Posted: Wednesday, November 9, 2011 7:01 pm

To the Editor,
While this information will only make the group more attractive to some people, the readership of The Weakley County Press should be aware that the American College of Pediatricians is not a neutral, science-first medical organization.
It was founded only in 2002 as a direct protest to the American College of Pediatrics’ (the long-running and more numerous organization) support of gay couples adopting children.
Research had shown (and continues to show) that while children raised in a single-parent household are at developmental disadvantages, there is no discernible difference between children raised by heterosexual or homosexual parents if there are two parents doing the raising.
The American College of Pediatricians refused to accept the research, as it refuses to accept research on any number of social issues, instead beginning with a religious set of values.
That the ACP sets out with religious beliefs would not be an issue, except that their methodology is to contradict actual science and, perhaps more insidiously, misrepresent others’ research in an effort to spread their point of view.
The American College of Pediatrics and the American Psychological Association both recognize Gender Identity Disorder as an inborn trait (though whether it is a genetic trait or one formed in-vitro remains undetermined).
That being said, some of the procedures described by the ACP in their recent editorial are in fact harmful to children.
The manner in which they couch the issue, however, unscientifically and with harmful bias suggests that a child coming to realize he or she does not identify with his or her biological gender can be “fixed.”
This is firmly not the case.
To follow the ACP’s guidelines as outlined in their literature is to do damage to children.
Jeff Stumpo

WCP 11.08.11


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