The National Institutes of Health (NIH) acknowledges that puberty blockers can cause sterility for children that take them, yet continues to use tax dollars to fund a study on kids despite this knowledge, according to a report by The Daily Wire.
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) issued a waiver for parents and guardians of underage participants in a study titled, “Pubertal Blockers for Minors in Early Adolescence.” The waiver states, “If your child starts puberty blockers in the earliest stages of puberty, and then goes on to gender affirming hormones, they will not develop sperm or eggs. This means that they will not be able to have biological children.”
The waiver continues, “This is an important aspect of blocking puberty and progressing to hormones that you should understand prior to moving forward with puberty suppression” and that fertility can be maintained as long as the child does not take cross-sex hormones after puberty blockers. However, The Daily Wire notes that studies have shown that 98% of children who take puberty blockers go on to take cross-sex hormone therapy.
The form goes on to note that puberty blockers also impact a child's normal bone density development and growth rate.
Dr. Stanley Goldfarb, director of the advocacy group "Do No Harm" that “protects healthcare from a radical, divisive, and discriminatory ideology,” told The Daily Wire, “Anyone who thinks a child reading this document will be able to give informed consent is engaging in a massive instance of self delusion. Children simply cannot understand the impact of any of this on their bodies, and on their future.”
Nicki Neily, founder and president of Parents Defending Education, told The Daily Wire, “It is unconscionable that a hospital would use children as guinea pigs at the behest of the federal government — offering families a paltry sum.”
Parents Defending Freedom also obtained forms that revealed that the study offered parents $50 per visit, which totals up to $400 dollars along with reimbursement for transportation.
Another study, “The Impact of Early Medical Treatment in Transgender Youth” has been ongoing since 2015 and has received over $8 million since its launch. In it, researchers look to “examine physiological and psychosocial effects of medical intervention for transgender and gender diverse (TGD) youth with gender dysphoria.”
A recent article on the study reported that two participants have already committed suicide and 11 others experienced suicidal ideation. Despite this however, researchers claim that the early results have “a positive trend regarding mental health response to gender affirming interventions.”
Republicans in Congress wrote a letter to NIH Acting Director Lawrence Tabak in response to the deaths that have occurred in the study, according to the Daily Signal. Congress members pointed out that, “the researchers admitted that they were not able to properly establish causality between the administration of cross-sex hormones and improved psychosocial functioning because their study lacked a control group.”