PJ Media: No, Ted Cruz Is Not an Anti-Science Bigot for Opposing Trans ‘Treatments’ For 7-Year-Old Boy

News|11.4.19

Last week, more than 2,000 people signed a petition condemning Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) for daring to oppose the effective chemical castration of James Younger, a 7-year-old Texas boy whose mother says he is a girl. Cruz said no 7-year-old has the maturity to choose experimental treatments with lifelong consequences. The petitioners told Cruz that his statement on the issue “betrays your office, your responsibilities and all sense of decency.” They also insisted the senator was denying clear scientific evidence in favor of pumping the boy’s body with experimental hormone treatments.

This petition and the movement behind it are propping up dangerous hormone experiments on children who cannot give informed consent. Endocrinologists have warned that the drugs in question will give otherwise healthy children a disease and stunt their development. These drugs also carry long-term side effects that are not fully understood.

So what did Cruz say to receive such a condemnation? He referred to the James Younger case as “horrifying & tragic. For a parent to subject such a young child to life-altering hormone blockers to medically transition their sex is nothing less than child abuse.”

“A 7-year-old child doesn’t have the maturity to make profound decisions like this. The state of Texas should protect this child’s right to choose—as an informed, mature person—and not be used as a pawn in a left-wing political agenda,” he tweeted.

This position does not make Cruz some sort of pariah. While 2,000 people may have signed the petition against him — sponsored by the LGBT activist group the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) — more than 200,000 have signed a petition agreeing with Cruz’s position. Yet the HRC petition claims to be on the side of science and the health of children like James Younger. This is debatable if not outright false.

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