French conservatives propose bill to ban gender transitions for anyone under 18

ER Editor: See this we published earlier this week on NHS England banning the use of puberty blockers on minors at its gender clinics —

Children to stop getting puberty blockers at gender identity clinics, says NHS England

Readers may also be interested in this article we recently published —

How a handful of billionaires created the transgender “movement”

It is linked to below, but we recommend the European Conservative report on the French reaction to gender transition drugs and surgery on the young —

French Senators Call for Ban on Gender Transition for Minors

The Haute Autorité de Santé (HAS)—the French government body responsible for regulating health policies—is working on the issue, but the senators, believing that the danger is palpable, want to speed up the timetable, and announced that they would propose a bill before the summer to prohibit any medical gender transition before the age of 18 in France. The aim would be to prevent doctors, who currently have virtually complete discretion in this area, from administering puberty blockers and cross-reactive hormones, followed by sex reassignment surgery, to minors being treated for ‘gender dysphoria.’ 

Although statistics are lacking in France, the doctors consulted as part of the parliamentary inquiry report a dramatic increase in requests for gender reassignment, including among very young children.


Featured ImageFrench National Assembly in Paris, FranceVictor Velter/Shutterstock

Professor David Cohen, chief of child psychiatry department at Paris’s Pitié-Salpêtrière hospital, estimates that as many as 16% of patients he saw about transition requests were younger than 12 years old. Psychologist Céline Masson and child psychiatrist Caroline Eliacheff argued that most children treated for “gender dysphoria” also have other serious issues, including depression, school dropouts, harassment, and attempted suicide, yet they are not offered alternative treatment paths before having transition pushed on them.

The findings are consistent with a significant body of evidence showing that “affirming” gender confusion carries serious harms, especially when done with impressionable children who lack the mental development, emotional maturity, and life experience to consider the long-term ramifications of the decisions being pushed on them, or full knowledge about the long-term effects of life-altering, physically transformative, and often-irreversible surgical and chemical procedures.

Studies find that more than 80% of children experiencing gender dysphoria outgrow it on their own by late adolescence and that even full “reassignment” surgery often fails to resolve gender-confused individuals’ heightened tendency to engage in self-harm and suicide — and may even exacerbate it, including by reinforcing their confusion and neglecting the actual root causes of their mental strife.

In response to the Les Républicains’ report, French lawmakers have proposed legislation that would ban any gender transitions for any French citizen under age 18.

The development follows news that the British National Health Service (NHS) is formally ending the prescribing of puberty blockers to children with gender confusion after years of controversy over the practices of its scandal-ridden Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS), operated by the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust.

In America, however, the Biden administration continues to give uncompromising support to all major aspects of the LGBT movement, including reopening the military to recruits afflicted with gender dysphoria, promoting gender ideology within the military (including “diversity” and drag events on military bases), holding White House events to “affirm transgender kids,” condemning state laws against underage transitions as “close to sinful,” promoting underage transitions (potentially at taxpayer expense) as a “best practice,” and trying to force federally funded schools to let males into female athletic competitions and restrooms.

This comes despite the fact that the administration’s own Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) released a since-deleted report last year acknowledging that “lesbian, gay, and bisexual adults are more likely than straight adults to use substances, experience mental health conditions including major depressive episodes, and experience serious thoughts of suicide.”


Featured image: Christophe Archambault, AFP



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