The Fight Against Child Mutilation Makes It To The Supreme Court

Maybe youve heard the saying, The purpose of a system is what it does. Its a phrase that was coined by a professor named Stafford Beer as a way of helping people understand complex systems. It was originally about cybernetics, but its increasingly being used in the context of American politics.

Thats because youll often hear convoluted explanations to justify various policies, when all you really have to do is look at the end result that those policies are producing. The benefit of Beers approach is that, at the risk of maybe oversimplifying some things, it short-circuits all the rationalization and B.S. that were all used to hearing. And if theres one skill that the politicians and academics have perfected whether theyre talking about immigration or criminal justice reform or anything else its drowning us in doublespeak so that we dont look at the obviously evil and destructive results of their policies. Sometimes things really arent that complicated. Sometimes you dont need experts and studies to decide on a course of action.

Thats especially true in the case of so-called transgender medical care for children, which really means injecting children with sterilizing cross-sex hormones and puberty blockers that can cause early-onset osteoporosis. In some cases, it also means amputating body parts from children so-called top surgery for minors is legal in many states, and used to be legal in many more. No other civilization throughout human history has done anything like this, and for good reason. Theres no need to analyze the intent of people who promote a practice like this. The purpose of a system is what it does. The end result of their policy is that children are being mutilated. No further discussion is necessary.

Of course, this isnt how our courts work. They generally take their time when it comes to ruling on major policy issues if they ever decide to weigh in all. But eventually, on the most important issues, things come to a head. The various appellate courts disagree, creating a circuit split, and ultimately the Supreme Court feels compelled to step in. Thats happening now in the area of so-called trans medicine. And it brings us to what could very well be the most significant Supreme Court case since Dobbs. This could be a long overdue decision and its worth a close look, especially since the ruling could come down in a matter of months. WATCH: The Matt Walsh Show

We learned that this decision was coming just yesterday, when the Supreme Court agreed to hear the Biden administrations appeal of a Sixth Circuit ruling from late last year. That Sixth Circuit ruling, which I covered at the time, upheld Tennessees ban on the mutilation of minors in the name of gender affirming care. It was a devastating ruling for the trans agenda. And now the Biden DOJs appeal of that ruling is going to the Supreme Court. Watch:

Its not overstating things to say that, when this case is decided, itll be one of the most consequential Supreme Court decisions of all time. It will have ramifications for children all over the country. The question in the case is whether voters have the legal ability to prevent the sterilization and chemical castration of children, or whether bans on so-called gender affirming care violate the U.S. Constitution.

The Biden DOJs argument, which is outlined in their appeal to the Supreme Court, comes down to a few main points. The first claim from the Biden administration is that trans-identifying individuals constitute a protected class of people. This means that any law affecting trans-identifying individuals must be subjected to heightened scrutiny by the courts, essentially meaning that the courts wont defer to the voters judgment.

If the Supreme Court buys this argument, it would mean creating a new protected class for the first time in more than four decades. Laws regulating so-called trans healthcare would face similar scrutiny to laws that affect people based on immutable characteristics like their skin color. Obviously, this would reshape the law to create a vast new layer of protection for trans-identifying individuals, and it would make future bans on child mutilation much more difficult to pass.

In order to make this argument, the Biden DOJ has to demonstrate that, transgender persons share obvious, immutable, or distinguishing characteristics that define them as a discrete group. This is a necessary bar to clear before a court will make transgenderism a protected characteristic, as the Biden administration admits in their appeal to the Supreme Court. And in their petition to the Supreme Court, the Biden administration acts like its obvious that transgender persons share obvious, immutable, or distinguishing characteristics.

Right away, this is laughable. There is maybe no single characteristic that is less immutable than transgender identity. Trans activists claim, as a core plank of their ideology, that people can change their gender at will. They can become men, or women, or nonbinary or anything in between at any time. Thats the whole idea that underlies the ideology. And that is the exact opposite of an immutable characteristic. They are the ones who say that gender is fluid. How in the hell can a thing be fluid and immutable at the same time? Its like saying that a man being a bachelor does not preclude him from also being married. Its a self-contradiction. The very definition of nonsense.

Along the same lines, trans activists claim that someone can be transgender without changing their appearance in any way. Basically, if you think youre a woman, youre a woman. So theres no argument to be made that transgender status is inherently an immutable or obvious or distinguishing characteristic. The opposite is true, clearly. And the trans activists themselves will say that except when theyre petitioning the Supreme Court.

At the Sixth Circuit, this argument was rejected by the majority. The Sixth Circuit found that, the stores of de-transitioners indicate that trans identity is not immutable. And that seems like a pretty obvious conclusion to make. But the Biden administration is now disputing that. In general, we must say, self-perception is not immutable. It is in fact the most mutable thing in the world. Immutable means unchanging over time, or unable to be changed. A persons self-perception, whether or not it corresponds with reality, changes constantly. Self-perception changes in small ways every day, from moment to moment sometimes. Transgenderism is a matter of self-perception. The phrase I identify as, is a phrase that indicates self-perception. The Biden Administration is claiming that self-perception is immutable,

As part of the same argument, the Biden DOJ is also claiming that trans-identifying individuals are a protected class because they lack political power. The DOJ writes that, The recent wave of legislation targeting transgender individuals decisively refutes any suggestion that they have no need for the protection of the courts.

In other words, because people all over the country are voting overwhelmingly to ban these life altering procedures from being performed on children, were supposed to conclude that transgender individuals lack political power in this country. But thats a hard case to make, as the Sixth Circuit pointed out, because pretty much every single power center in the United States from the media to the government is aligned with trans ideology.

F rom the Sixth Circuits opinion:

The President of the United States and the Department of Justice support the plaintiffs. A national anti-discrimination law, Title VII, protects transgender individuals in the employment setting. Fourteen States have passed laws specifically allowing some of the treatments sought here. Twenty States have joined an amicus brief in support of the plaintiffs. The major medical organizations support the plaintiffs. And the only large law firms to make an appearance in the case all entered the controversy in support of the plaintiffs. These are not he hallmarks of a skewed or unfair political process.

In that one paragraph, the Sixth Circuit rejected an argument we hear constantly from trans activists, which is that everyones out to get them. Sure, they have about a million days on the calendar to celebrate themselves. And the entire federal government and Fortune 500 goes out of its way to promote their agenda at every opportunity, along with Big Pharma and the education system. But they always claim to be oppressed, and now the Biden administration is trying to make that claim at the Supreme Court. With this case, the Supreme Court has a chance to end this line of argument once and for all.

Maybe just as importantly, the Court could also reject the argument that bans on so-called gender affirming care violate the 14th Amendment. The basic idea, which the Biden DOJ is advancing in its appeal to the Supreme Court, is that Tennessees ban discriminates against people on the basis of their sex within the meaning of the 14th amendment. But thats also not true, as the Sixth Circuit pointed out. The Tennessee ban doesnt prevent people from receiving sterilizing hormones or castration on the basis of their sex. Instead, the ban prohibits people from receiving hormones or puberty blockers because of their age and also because the long-term effects of these procedures is unknown. (Puberty blockers, the court pointed out, are administered in much the same way for both boys and girls, so the sex discrimination claim makes even less sense there).

But its the point about the unknown long-term effects of these procedures thats maybe the most important. And since this litigation began, that last point has only been further underscored. Of course, there was the release of the internal WPATH files , which demonstrated that the so-called experts in this field are unethical and incompetent by their own admission. They openly talked about how children cant possibly consent to these procedures, even as they acknowledged that in some cases children were apparently being harmed by them. Then there was the comprehensive Cass Review in the UK, which found that theres no good evidence justifying any common interventions concerning gender identity. And then there was this declaration from the American College of Pediatricians. Watch:

So when the Biden administration told the Supreme Court that, All of the Nations major medical and mental health organizations recognize [the WPATH] guidelines as reflecting the consensus of the medical communities on the appropriate treatment for gender dysphoria theyre lying. Thats simply not true. Major medical associations here and abroad people who have looked at the data disagree that its a good idea to affirm children by permanently sterilizing them and cutting up their bodies. Of course, again, it really doesnt matter what medical organizations say on this point. Medical organizations can be wrong. But just as a factual matter, the Biden DOJ is lying to the Supreme Court.

The truth is that these supposedly sacrosanct WPATH standards arent just fraudulent, as the WPATH files reveal. Theyre also the result of political pressure.

Late last night, the journalist Jesse Singal reported on his Substack that,

When the World Professional Association for Transgender Healths Standards of Care Version 8 was released in September 2022, a very strange thing happened: WPATH removed references to minimum age requirements for various medical interventions. Thanks to a rather remarkable document just unsealed as part of Boe v. Marshall, one of the many American lawsuits over youth gender medicine, we now have a potential explanation for why the age guidelines were removed: direct pressure from assistant secretary for health of the Department of Health and Human Services Admiral Rachel Levine and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Singal reports that a Canadian researcher wrote,

Assistant Secretary for Health Dr. Rachel Levine strongly pressured WPATH leadership to rush the development and issuance of SOC-8 [standards of care 8], in order to assist with Administration political strategy.

Of course, Rachel Levine identifies as a transgender woman. So if this reporting is accurate, as it appears to be, its yet more evidence that the alleged standards of care are really political documents written by activists.

Of course, despite all of this, its true that many major medical organizations are still promoting this. Theyre completely ignoring the findings of the Cass Report, the revelations in the WPATH files, the statement from the American College of Pediatricians, and their own common sense.

In this country, however, were not slaves to what a handful of medical organizations tell us to think especially when they have a vested interest in medicalizing every social problem. People are allowed to come to their own conclusions about the wisdom of disfiguring the bodies of children. And doing so is not sex discrimination, by any definition. Its a moral obligation.

By agreeing to hear the Biden administrations appeal, the Supreme Court now has the opportunity to deal a fatal blow to those who wish to mutilate and indoctrinate even more minors. In fact, the Supreme Court should find that not only are the bans on these procedures constitutional, but the procedures themselves are unconstitutional. It is a violation of a childs basic human rights to inflict these treatments on him. The Supreme Court could and should come to a decision that results in a nationwide ban on gender affirming care for minors. I dont expect that to happen, as much as Id love it if it did. But even if they come back with a more limited decision, this is still a decisive moment in the fight to protect children.

Its also yet another reminder that elections matter. Joe Biden publicly claimed that 8-year-olds can change their gender a little under four years ago, just prior to taking office. And once he took office, his administration made the same argument in court, as well as through the HHS. This has been a very long battle. Now, several years later, thanks to the state of Tennessee and everyone else whos fought on the side of sanity and the side of children, theres a very real chance of a final and total victory.



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