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Michael Medved

Liberal hypocrisy on changing sex, altering orientation

Liberals seek government bans on therapeutic help for people who want to change from gay to straight at the same time they want government sponsorship for radical surgery to change people from male to female. This is the height of hypocrisy: yes, therapy will often fail at transforming someone's sexual orientation but surgery will always fail at changing someone's gender. Dr. Paul McHugh, former chief psychiatrist at Johns Hopkins University, writes that "'sex change' is biologically impossible" and cites several long-term studies suggesting that so-called gender-reassignment surgery often harms patients far more than it helps them. No, government shouldn't ban the procedure, but it shouldn't use taxpayer money to sponsor it either. By the same token, government shouldn't fund controversial reparative therapy to suppress homosexual inclinations, but it shouldn't ban it for those who seek such help.
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