Over the past year, those on the left have doubled down on their push to normalize transgender ideology among children, and seem to have somehow come to believe that children are equipped to make life-changing — and potentially dangerous — decisions in that regard.
Dr. Ben Carson, a retired pediatric neurosurgeon and former member of President Donald Trump’s Cabinet, has a vastly different view on the subject, however. According to Breitbart, he just said that “to confuse” children with “these complex issues” is akin to “child abuse.”
What did he say?
Carson spoke with Breitbart’s Alex Marlow on the subject on Friday. There, Marlow brought up Thursday’s confirmation hearing for Dr. Rachel Levine, President Joe Biden’s pick for assistant health secretary, who happens to be a transgender woman.
“We’re being told it’s scientific to allow children to change their genders, either with treatments or with surgeries,” Marlow told Carson. “This is not science. It’s so far beyond it, but give me your sense of someone who’s lived his life as a scientific person.”
Carson went on to explain that he, too, believes that those who tell children that it’s acceptable to be whatever sex they want are actually ignoring biology altogether. The retired doctor also explained that the human brain doesn’t mature until one reaches their twenties, implying that children have no business making such life-altering decisions.
“Why would we even be complicating their lives? Children are curious by nature, and of course they’re going to ask questions and explore things. That doesn’t mean that they want to change their sex. And to confuse them in that way, I think, is child abuse,” Carson said, bluntly, according to Breitbart.
Marlow then pointed out the consequences of speaking out against the practice of letting children make those decisions, saying that if someone takes the side of actual science, they’re immediately labeled as “transphobic” and have their books, radio, and television shows canceled by mobs of angry liberals.
Rand Paul drops bombs
Carson’s interview came after Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), also a physician, took Levine to task during the Senate confirmation hearing, as National Review reported. Paul’s blunt line of questioning on topics like puberty-blockers and whether children can make such radical decisions have already earned him the “transphobic” label from his critics.
“Dr. Levine, do you believe that minors are capable of making such a life-changing decision as changing one’s sex?” the senator pressed.
Interestingly, Levine didn’t answer the question and instead answered by saying that “transgender medicine is a very complex and nuanced field with robust research and standards of care that have been developed.”
Paul went on to push Levine repeatedly to answer directly about minors making the decision to change their sex, but to no avail. The Republican eventually gave up, noting for the record “that the witness refused to answer the question,” according to reports.
It’s quite bizarre that the one person who is most qualified at the moment to intelligently answer Paul’s question and provide a justification for why children are allowed to make those decisions refused to answer. Such a refusal only raises additional questions about how the Biden administration will handle the sensitive issue.