'Pure evil': Yale medical fellow says doctors are right to give puberty blockers to transgender kids
By: Chris Enloe
A Yale Medical School fellow was criticized after writing article in New York Times that claims doctors are right to give transgender kids puberty-blocking and hormone pills. (Image source: Getty Creative)
A Yale School of Medicine research fellow was widely bashed over the weekend after he wrote in the New York Times that American doctors are right to give puberty-blocking pills and hormones to transgender kids.
Jack Turban, whose bio says he "lectures on the treatment of transgender and gender-nonconforming youth" at Yale Medical School, told the story of a young boy, Jonah, who began a transition to become a girl, Hannah, at the age of 10.
"Hannah is using a puberty-blocking implant and getting ready to embark on the path of developing a female body by starting estrogen. Ten years ago most doctors would have called this malpractice. New data has now made it the protocol for thousands of American children," Turban wrote.
Turban explained that, given high rates of depression and suicide among kids and teenagers who claim to be transgender, it would almost be malpractice to not give kids drugs to block puberty and begin their hormone transition to the gender they'd like to be.
Despite the turbulence in Washington, here in medicine there is general agreement that we're moving in the right direction. When I first came to Yale in 2012, doctors told me puberty blockers were unethical. Classmates told me that if they had transgender children, they would "raise them gay like normal kids." Now Yale has a gender clinic that provides puberty blockers and hormones. Lectures on the treatment of transgender youth are part of the mandatory medical school curriculum. I receive a steady flow of emails from students who want to dedicate their careers to helping these children.
When I met with Hannah and her parents to thank them for letting me write about them, we went through old photos of Hannah, including a few from when she was Jonah. I will never forget Hannah's giant smile in every picture of her living as her true self. Doctors once argued that it would be insane to block a child's puberty and change her body. Seeing Hannah as a happy and thriving teenager, I now see it would be insane not to.
The article, predictably, was not well-received. In fact, it was ripped apart all week and was even compared to the horrific medical experiments Nazi's conducted on people in concentration camps. What made matters worse is that Turban is a supposed medical expert.
Here is the best reaction from Twitter:
Transgender, Doctors, Monsters, Puberty Drug, Mengele , Nazi Medicine
@nytopinion So if your kid told you they knew they NEVER wanted kids of their own, you would take them to have tubes tied or vasectomy?