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Planned Parenthood Promotes Gender Ideology to Preschoolers

childCommentary by Susan Brinkmann, OCDS

Parents in America who don’t want their child to grow up confused about their bodies ought to avoid Planned Parenthood’s new guidelines concerning preschoolers and gender identity which promotes all of the junk science surrounding today’s gender identity movement.

Breitbart is reporting on the new guidelines issued to be found on Planned Parenthood’s website under the title, “How Do I Talk with My Preschooler About Identity?” in which parents are told to teach their child that “your genitals don’t make you a boy or a girl.”

It goes on to advise parents to teach their children that even though most boys have boy body parts and most girls have girl body parts, some boys with boy body parts are girls and some girls with girl body parts are boys.

As if this isn't confusing enough for a four-year-old, the section goes on to advise:

“Be thoughtful about your choices when it comes to books, toys, entertainment, clothes, decorations, and other things you surround your little one with. These choices have an influence on your kid’s understanding of gender and what it means. Putting daughters in pink princess rooms and boys in blue sports rooms before they’re old enough to choose for themselves can send the message that they have to like certain things because of their gender.”

They are advised:  “When you pick a new toy or book, or sign your kid up for a new activity, ask yourself these questions to help you think through whether or not you’re reinforcing gender stereotypes.

• Would I feel comfortable with this choice if my kid wasn’t the gender they are? Why or why not? • Does this choice expand or limit my kid’s expectations of who they could grow up to be? • Does my kid generally like things like this already, or am I picking it just because of their gender?

Now that the parent is as confused as the child, they are further counseled:

“Talking to (or in front of) your daughter about growing up and having boyfriends or marrying a man (and vice versa) sends the message that girls are supposed to like boys, and boys are supposed to like girls, and that anything else is wrong or not norma;," the site explains.

This is why parents should  never assume that their child is "straight."

“This can lead to mental health issues, unhealthy relationships, and taking more health risks when they reach their teenage years,” cautions Planned Parenthood.

For those parents who believe their child is transgender, the site recommends “talking with a counselor or therapist who’s familiar and supportive of LGBTQ identities,” or consulting with political lobbying groups who actively seek to promote full acceptance of transgenderism sometimes by bullying the public into agreeing with them.

As Breitbart’s Dr. Susan Berry points out, the American College of Pediatricians, issued a statement declaring this kind of gender ideology to be harmful to children and said the promotion of “gender fluidity” enables the masking of serious mental health issues in children.

"No one is born with a gender. Everyone is born with a biological sex. Gender (an awareness and sense of oneself as male or female) is a sociological and psychological concept; not an objective biological one… A person’s belief that he or she is something they are not is, at best, a sign of confused thinking. When an otherwise healthy biological boy believes he is a girl, or an otherwise healthy biological girl believes she is a boy, an objective psychological problem exists that lies in the mind not the body, and it should be treated as such.”

The statement goes on to say that these children are suffering from a condition known as gender dysphoria which is a recognized mental disorder in the most recent edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association (DSM-V).

The DSM-V states that as many as 98 percent of gender confused boys and 88 percent of gender confused girls “eventually accept their biological sex after naturally passing through puberty. Conditioning children into believing that a lifetime of chemical and surgical impersonation of the opposite sex is normal and healthful is child abuse.”

We can only hope that parents realize the last place they should go for guidance on raising children is the organization that leads the nation in slaughtering babies. For this reason alone, Planned Parenthood can never be trusted to speak in the best interests of children any more than could the fox guarding the hen house speak in the best interests of the chickens inside.

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