Christian Post's Brandon Showalter is repeatedly dishonest regarding gender-affirming pediatric care
Brandon Showalter has a religious objection to the existence of trans persons | via Twitter

Brandon Showalter, a staff writer at Christian Post, is obsessed to the point of distraction over transgender kids. Friday, Showalter offers: Sweden halts use of puberty blockers in gender-confused kids due to serious health risks.

Showalter’s headline would lead one to believe that the Swedish government has outlawed the use of puberty blockers.

That is a blatant lie. One hospital in Sweden has decided to halt the use of puberty blockers for new patients who are under 16 years of age. Existing patients’ needs will be considered on a case-by-case basis. The hospital has instituted more rigorous standards for administering puberty blockers to children between 16 and 18 years of age.

A cannot vouch for the authenticity of the translated document that Showalter links to. It is provided by a religiously motivated anti-transgender outlet that traffics in misinformation.

If — if — the document is valid it presents some misleading content:

A highly publicized court case in Great Britain shed light on this issue and in a recent ruling (December 1st, 2020), established overarching problems associated with puberty-blocking treatment. Further, the ruling specifically establishes that it is highly unlikely, if at all possible, for an individual under the age of 16 to give informed consent to this treatment. For individuals between the age of 16 and 18, the court considers it advisable to request court approval before starting hormonal treatment, since the treatment should be considered experimental.

The problem with that is that the Court reversed itself three months after the initial ruling. In the more recent decision the Court ruled that parents are capable of providing informed consent. Therefore, parental consent is all that is required for a minor to receive treatment. Thus UK policy is not identical to US policy.

In other words, I believe that the hospital did stop offering puberty blockers as previously described. However, the alleged “evidence” of the policy change includes right wing religious talking points.

Brandon Showalter doesn’t care about what is best for children. Showalter has a religious objection over the overwhelming scientific consensus for treating gender incongruent kids and that is all that matters to him.

Showalter has a history of deception and hyperbole. He has previously stated that gender-affirming care is the “medical scandal of the century.”

By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.