Dr. Ryan Anderson, Heritage’s William E. Simon Senior Research Fellow, recently released a book titled, “When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment”. This week, he responded again, with a commentary rebutting mischaracterizations of his work in New York Times column. The author of the piece, Andrea Long Chu, accused Dr. Anderson of “‘compassion-mongering,’ peddling bigotry in the guise of sympathetic concern” because he dared to question the wisdom of sexual reassignment surgeries.

While impugning Dr. Anderson, she inadvertently conceded some key points that cut against her own argument. She admitted, for example, that surgery doesn’t promise happiness to those trying to change their gender, and that gender dysphoria is painful.

This marked the second time that Dr. Anderson has been forced to fend off attacks from the paper because he refused to yield to the notion that surgery is helping gender dysphoria. Citing voluminous research, Ryan argues that such surgeries fail to bring happiness to the patients, they may well increase the risk of suicide among them, posing a serious ethical problem to those who administer care.

Heritage experts stand for truth, regardless of what is published about them. Thank you for empowering them to hold fast, when buffeted by politically correct, but fallacious, headwinds.

How should conservatives address this issue with public policy?

Comments (12)

Bill Coates - November 30, 2018

Absolutely no government subsidy for reassignment surgery or drugs. Their suicide rate proves it to be a bad investment.

Gerald Adamson - November 30, 2018

Somehow we need too do a better job on picking or backing people for office. It seems all Congress and senate want is spend tax payers money.

JoAnne - November 30, 2018

Some where, some people have forgotten that we cannot change our DNA no matter how much surgery we have.

JoAnne Duke - November 30, 2018

Some people just can’t understand that we can’t change the DNA we are born with.

Larry Leonard - November 30, 2018

Just speak the truth and the facts. You either have a y chromosome or you don’t. How you feel about it is only relevant to how you try to be the best you can with the genetic structure you’ve been given. The issue is clear. Just speak the truth.

James M Bratten - November 30, 2018

Gender dysphoria is a mental condition and should be treated that way – don’t give in to placebos such as surgery attempts to assuage politically correct feelgoodism.
Our culture and social fabric is being torn asunder and we should refuse to assist.
Men are men; women are women; 1+1=2; and water is wet. And a psychological condition is just that. It’s not an excuse to change reality because someone is uncomfortable.
DNA and chromosomes are fixed, like the stars. Taxpayer money cannot change biology.

Phyllis Eix - December 1, 2018

We need a lot more Dr. Andersons to stand up and speak up to the false narrative that is being promoted mindlessly by the mainstream media.
Gender dysphoria should be treated as a phase some go through and get over by puberty, in most cases. Certainly, no reassignment surgery should be done until all restoration therapies have been offered.

annie Brook - December 1, 2018

Please spread the data reasearch that gender surgeries do not bring happiness, and may lead to suicide. As a somatic psychologist, I feel there are many deeper issues to address well before gender surgery. My book, Birth’s Hidden Legacy, brings some of those to light, and I always probe into how “mistaken gender” beliefs can occur in early development and be in the subconscious. Also current social conformity and “need to be special” may be brining more requests to the foreground. Also a psychological issue to resolve prior to surgery.

James Phillips - December 1, 2018

Keep telling the truth; keep fighting against the left, and keep fighting for the constitution as written. As Dr. Charles R. Kesler, Editor of Claremont Review of Books has written – We are in a cold civil war and torn between two rival constitutions (conservative and living), two cultures and two ways of life.

Dolores Gadevsky - December 2, 2018

Gender reassignment surgery is a choice, and taxpayers should not be forced to pay for it.

Shirley Farmer - December 2, 2018

We need to stop teaching our children that these positions in life are freedom. They are lies that led our children astray. We need to stop promoting these ideas in our schools. Schools should focus more on the basics of learning and stop promoting social agendas.

David L. - December 4, 2018

In a free society, adults of sound mind should be able to live their lives as they see fit – i.e., to practice their inherent right to pursue happiness – to the extent they do not infringe on the rights of others. But the first tenet of the Hippocratic Oath remains primal: “First, do no harm.” The rush to embrace transgenderism as a civil rights issue, no matter how well-intentioned, runs the risk of doing more harm than good. It is likely at best premature, requiring considerably more medical study from a neutral, non-agenda-driven standpoint. In this, as in all things, it is probably not a good idea to try to fool Mother Nature.

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