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SYDNEY (ChurchMilitant.com) - An epidemic of young "transgender" children is hitting New South Wales (NSW), with health professionals and educators scrambling to accommodate the alleged hundreds of preschoolers seeking to change their sex.
In what is being described as a "rapidly" escalating situation, the Baird government of the eastern Australian state reveals a "number of students" within the NSW school system have begun the process of "transitioning" their gender, as a major children's hospital reports that requests for gender transition assistance among young children have tripled.
According to the deputy secretary for the NSW Education Department, the most recent case to emerge from state schools involves a four-year-old preschooler who has purportedly begun transitioning ahead of the start of kindergarten next year.
"Without breaching privacy, we have a four-year-old who is transitioning to kindergarten next year who has identified as transgender," a statement from the Education Department reads. The department maintains it currently has an array of resources available to "to accommodate a child going through transition."
While the child cannot undergo sex reassignment surgery until age 18, medical professionals can begin gender transition therapy in an attempt to curb the natural effects of puberty.
Reports from Melbourne Royal Children's Hospital reveal 250 children are currently being accommodated
for gender dysphoria, with some of the patients as young as three. The medical facility stated it had only one similar "client" a decade ago.
The surge in cases of gender dysphoria among young children has divided the country's leading psychologists, with some asserting age four is "absolutely too early" for a child to declare himself transgender and others maintaining young children "with strong cross-gender identification tend to get it right."
"Everything is developmental at that age," contends
clinical psychologist Rose Cantali, affirming she would be "very hesitant" to accommodate alleged transgender behavior in children that young.
But Dr. Rosemary Jones, a transgender gynecologist, declares four to be a "good age" and that "parents who have any sense" can tell when they have a young transgender child.
Doctor Paul R. McHugh, former chief of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Hospital and distinguished service professor of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University, lambasts
the push for normalizing transgender behavior as "collaborating with madness" and exposing children to a "great deal of damage" that cannot easily be corrected.
"We psychiatrists, I thought, would do better to concentrate on trying to fix their minds and not their genitalia," McHugh comments, referring to the movement to ease access to sex reassignment surgery, particularly for children.
McHugh explains that he has observed with the psychiatry community a "deep prejudice in favor of the idea that nature is totally malleable." This movement, the doctor concludes, comes despite "little evidence" provided by gender identity activists to refute scientific arguments concluding transgenderism to be a psychological disorder.
Likewise, the Catholic Church has clearly maintained Her position against the push for gender identity rights, with Pope Benedict XVI declaring
in 2012, "The profound falsehood of this theory and of the anthropological revolution contained within it is obvious." Likewise, Pope Francis has denounced
transgender ideology, decrying the "ideological colonization" being forced on children.
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