10/16/17: 'Nonbinary' on California drivers' licenses teaches children a big lie about sex


SAVECALIFORNIA.COM NEWS RELEASE

October 16, 2017 -- For Immediate Release

'Nonbinary' on California drivers' licenses teaches children a big lie about sex  

Thomasson: "You're male if you've inherited a Y chromosome from your father; if not, you're female."

Sacramento, California (October 16, 2017) -- Veteran California pro-family leader Randy Thomasson, president of SaveCalifornia.com, which promotes moral virtues for the common good, has issued the following statement regarding Governor Jerry Brown signing SB 179 to invent a catch-all, third sex-gender designation called "nonbinary" to go on drivers' licenses and birth certificates.

"This new law calls transsexuality good, when science, health, logic and love inform us it's bad. Pushing so-called 'nonbinary' upon 15-year-olds applying for a learner's permit or 16-year-olds getting their drivers' licenses tells them a big lie about sex. It's an unchangeable law of Nature that you're male if you've inherited a Y chromosome from your father; if not, you're female. Even the Centers for Disease Control knows that biological men who call themselves women engage in harmful behavior that puts them at the highest risk for HIV/AIDS. Science and God's word agree you're either male or female, not in-between. Now that Governor Brown has signed this illogical bill, parents will have to work even harder to teach their children the reliable facts of life."

Documentation:

The X and Y Chromosomes Determine Your Sex, 23andme.com
"Typically females have two X chromosomes and males have an X and a Y. Mothers always pass an X chromosome on to their children. Whether your father passes on his X chromosome (leading to a pair of X chromosomes) or his Y chromosome (making a mixed set) determines your sex."

CDC Issue Brief, September 2016 [shows men who claim to be women have an HIV transmission rate triple that of homosexual men (2.7% vs. .09%)]: "Transgender people, particularly transgender women, are vulnerable to HIV infection. Available evidence suggests that, in relation to their population size, transgender women are among the most heavily affected populations in the United States ... Meta-analyses and literature reviews of available studies provide evidence of the effects HIV has taken on the transgender community. In a recent analysis of CDC-funded HIV testing conducted nationwide, transgender women had the highest rates of HIV diagnoses (2.7%), followed by men (0.9%), transgender men (0.5%), and women (0.2%)."

Sexuality and Gender: Findings from the Biological, Psychological, and Social Sciences, The New Atlantis, Fall 2016
Examining research from the biological, psychological, and social sciences, this report shows that some of the most frequently heard claims about sexuality and gender are not supported by scientific evidence. The report has a special focus on the higher rates of mental health problems among LGBT populations, and it questions the scientific basis of trends in the treatment of children who do not identify with their biological sex.

In reviewing the scientific literature, we find that almost nothing is well understood when we seek biological explanations for what causes some individuals to state that their gender does not match their biological sex. The findings that do exist often have sample-selection problems, and they lack longitudinal perspective and explanatory power. Better research is needed, both to identify ways by which we can help to lower the rates of poor mental health outcomes and to make possible more informed discussion about some of the nuances present in this field.

Yet despite the scientific uncertainty, drastic interventions are prescribed and delivered to patients identifying, or identified, as transgender. This is especially troubling when the patients receiving these interventions are children. We read popular reports about plans for medical and surgical interventions for many prepubescent children, some as young as six, and other therapeutic approaches undertaken for children as young as two. We suggest that no one can determine the gender identity of a two-year-old. We have reservations about how well scientists understand what it even means for a child to have a developed sense of his or her gender, but notwithstanding that issue, we are deeply alarmed that these therapies, treatments, and surgeries seem disproportionate to the severity of the distress being experienced by these young people, and are at any rate premature since the majority of children who identify as the gender opposite their biological sex will not continue to do so as adults. Moreover, there is a lack of reliable studies on the long-term effects of these interventions.

Hopkins Hospital: a history of sex reassignment, The Johns Hopkins News-Letter, May 1, 2014
"In 1979, SBCU Chair Jon Meyer conducted a study comparing 29 patients who had the surgery and 21 who didn't, and concluded that those who had the surgery were not more adjusted to society than those who did not have the surgery. Meyer told The New York Times in 1979: "My personal feeling is that surgery is not proper treatment for a psychiatric disorder, and it's clear to me that these patients have severe psychological problems that don't go away following surgery. After Meyer's study was published, Paul McHugh, the Psychiatrist-in-Chief at Hopkins Hospital who never supported the University offering the surgeries according to Schmidt, shut the program down...McHugh says that it shouldn't be surprising that Hopkins discontinued the surgeries, and that he still supports this decision today. He points to Meyer's study as well as a 2011 Swedish study that states that the risk of suicide was higher for people who had the surgery versus the general population."

Long-Term Follow-Up of Transsexual Persons Undergoing Sex Reassignment Surgery: Cohort Study in Sweden, February 22, 2011
Persons with transsexualism, after sex reassignment, have considerably higher risks for mortality, suicidal behaviour, and psychiatric morbidity than the general population. Our findings suggest that sex reassignment, although alleviating gender dysphoria, may not suffice as treatment for transsexualism, and should inspire improved psychiatric and somatic care after sex reassignment for this patient group.

Sex changes are not effective, say researchers, The Guardian, July 30, 2004
The review of more than 100 international medical studies of post-operative transsexuals by the University of Birmingham's aggressive research intelligence facility (Arif) found no robust scientific evidence that gender reassignment surgery is clinically effective. The Guardian asked Arif to conduct the review after speaking to several people who regret changing gender or believe that the medical care they received failed to prepare them for their new lives. They explain why they are unhappy with their sex change and how they cope with the consequences in the Weekend magazine tomorrow (July 31). Chris Hyde, the director of Arif, said: "There is a huge uncertainty over whether changing someone's sex is a good or a bad thing. While no doubt great care is taken to ensure that appropriate patients undergo gender reassignment, there's still a large number of people who have the surgery but remain traumatised - often to the point of committing suicide." Arif, which advises the NHS in the West Midlands about the evidence base of healthcare treatments, found that most of the medical research on gender reassignment was poorly designed, which skewed the results to suggest that sex change operations are beneficial. Its review warns that the results of many gender reassignment studies are unsound because researchers lost track of more than half of the participants. For example, in a five-year study of 727 post-operative transsexuals published last year, 495 people dropped out for unknown reasons. Dr Hyde said the high drop out rate could reflect high levels of dissatisfaction or even suicide among post-operative transsexuals.

SaveCalifornia.com statement on SB 179, September 15, 2017
"Increasing identity fraud that burdens law enforcement, government agencies, and financial institutions is not good public policy. The current process requiring a licensed physician to verify and a court to confirm gender change is reasonable and prudent. Identity fraud cost Americans $16 billion in 2016 and we must do more, not less, to combat it. Yet SB 179 mandates that a court illogically accept a subjective claim of gender change as 'conclusive proof' in a court of law. This is reason enough for a veto. Diminishing a legal identity verification process to paying a paltry $11 and permitting an unsubstantiated claim to magically morph into legal fact is both unnecessary and unsound."

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