Friday, May 03, 2024

It Is Spreading.

Like slime spreading on everything it touches, the attack on our healthcare has spread to the north of the border.
Premier's announcement on transgender policies surprised Alberta Health Services advisory group
Internal records obtained through freedom of information request
CBC News
By Nicholas Frew
April 30, 2024

Members of the body that advises Alberta Health Services about 2SLGBTQ+ health care were surprised by Premier Danielle Smith's proposed transgender policies announcement earlier this year, according to internal records obtained by CBC News.

In a video posted to social media on Jan. 31, Smith laid out a host of proposed policies focused on transgender youth, including several regarding gender-affirming care. She formally announced the policies at a news conference the following day.

Records obtained by CBC News through a freedom of information request highlight concerns raised by members of the AHS Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression (SOGIE) provincial advisory council in the days after the premier announced the proposed policies.

"This announcement is politically motivated and not based in fact or clinical guidelines," one council member wrote in a Feb. 2 email to two named AHS officials and other recipients whose email addresses were redacted. The sender's identity was also protected under privacy legislation.

"I believe we have an obligation to inform (as per our mandate) those in our sphere of influence, which includes the public, and leaders within the organization with the right information," the email said, adding that the council also needed to convey "the damage this policy does to the health of 2SLGBTQ Albertans especially those kids."
The lies about puberty blockers has spread, the blockers have been used safely since the early 1980s but now the right-wingers are citing their fake research!
Among other things, the government's proposed policies would ban top and bottom surgeries for anyone under 18 (Doctors say bottom surgeries aren't performed on youth and top surgeries are rare.)

Puberty blockers and hormone therapies would not be permitted for those under 16, unless someone has already started treatment.

Teens aged 16 or 17 could start hormone therapies if they are deemed mature enough and have parental, physician and psychologist approval.
Once a trans woman goes through puberty their voice will never change go back and this policy will cause life long harm.
The polling results suggest that 44 per cent of Albertans agree with the government's proposed policy about gender-affirming surgeries for minors. The same proportion of Albertans believe puberty blockers and hormone therapies for gender affirmation should not be permitted for children aged 15 and under.

Opinions were more divided about older teens: the poll suggests that 28 per cent of Albertans feel it is appropriate to allow mature teens, aged 16 or 17, to start puberty blockers and therapies for gender reassignment and affirmation, if granted approval.
What does the poll show?

First off the adults who have an opinion about puberty blockers know absolutely nothing about except for the for the lies the conservatives push that they are experimental and cause life long dangers… both of which are lies. While the teens know the truth.

The U.S. National Institute of Health had this to say about the puberty blockers…
Among transgender adults in the United States who have wanted pubertal suppression, access to this treatment is associated with lower odds of lifetime suicidal ideation. This study strengthens recommendations by the Endocrine Society and WPATH for this treatment to be made available for transgender adolescents who want it.
The the American Physiological Society (APS) writes,
Researchers say the results bolster the evidence that short-term use of puberty blockers does not cause permanent damage to the ovaries and uterus. However, they noted that because the study was conducted in rats, additional research would be needed to confirm the findings in humans.

“The results of this study suggest that the short-term developmental delay of the uterus and ovaries caused by the puberty-blocking treatment in young female rats was reversible. A majority of reproductive function also recovered immediately after puberty blocking withdrawal,” said Brandon Jones, PhD, the study’s first author and assistant professor of exercise science at Marshall University. “This study can help inform adolescents and their families in the decision to take puberty-blocking medication.”
But the conservatives don’t care about facts. They just want to force us back into the closet.

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