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Texas Lives Wouldn’t Be On the Line if Trump Were President

by Katherine Beck Johnson

November 4, 2021

The saying “Elections have consequences” might be a cliché—but it’s true. And those consequences have proven to be a matter of life and death for the unborn in Texas.

President Trump vowed to be a pro-life president, and he was. President Trump delivered on his pro-life promises. President Biden, who campaigned on a platform supporting abortion, has delivered on his promises, too, and his current crusade against the Texas Heartbeat Act has become the clearest evidence of why we need a pro-life president. A president can wield tremendous power either to protect or harm the unborn.

Texas recently passed a law that restricts abortion after a heartbeat has been detected in the unborn child (usually around six weeks). Planned Parenthood sued, and its petition went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. The Court rejected Planned Parenthood’s emergency injunction request, and this allowed the Texas law to remain in effect. It has been estimated that over 100 lives are being saved in Texas every day as a result of this law.

Under President Trump, this could have been the end of the story as far as emergency challenges to this law. Planned Parenthood had nobody to sue, and unborn lives would have continued being saved in Texas. Under President Trump, the Supreme Court likely would not have taken the extraordinary step of granting cert before judgment. While impossible to know, it is most likely that the United States intervening breathed new life and power into this case for the abortionist. The pro-abortion Biden administration ensured this was not the end of the story. Biden promised to use all of the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) power and resources to go after Texas’s pro-life law. Biden’s DOJ sued over the law, and now it’s up to the U.S. Supreme Court to determine whether the federal government can intervene to block Texas’ law.

This week’s oral arguments concerning the Texas law did not go particularly well for the pro-life side. It’s too soon to tell how the justices will rule, and there’s no guaranteed timeframe for an opinion. So we will have to wait and see, but it does not look promising. The fight at the Supreme Court is one that never should have happened, and it’s a fight that the pro-life side might very well lose.

Some Americans mistakenly think that the president is powerless to do anything about abortion, that pro-life policy can’t get anywhere because of Roe v. Wade. But Texas offered a perfect example of why we need a pro-life president in the Oval Office at all times. We don’t know when various pro-life opportunities, such as Texas’s Heartbeat Act, will come up. But when they do, we need people in office who are committed to being pro-life, not those who fight against pro-life policies.

Personal views, donors, and political party affiliation all play a major role in a president’s approach towards pro-life laws and policies. Another key aspect is personnel. Biden has made sure to fill up his executive agencies—especially powerful ones such as the DOJ and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)—with strong abortion supporters. These people have ensured that the Biden administration will be the most pro-abortion administration in our nation’s history.

At least one of the cases involving Texas’ Heartbeat Act would not have been at the U.S. Supreme Court yesterday if Trump had won. President Trump would have supported Texas in its fight to protect the unborn. If your number one issue is protecting the most vulnerable people in our society—children in the womb—it’s crucial that you cast your ballot for pro-life candidates whenever they are running against candidates who support abortion. Lives depend on it.

Why the Rush to “Reassign Gender”?

by Molly Carman

November 2, 2021

In the past few years, there has been a sharp increase in pushing puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, and reassignment surgeries on minors. But why the rush? Are there any associated health risks for children, and if so, what are they?

In the insightful documentary, Trans Mission: What’s the Rush to Reassign Gender?, the filmmakers interview pediatricians, a biologist, a psychiatrist, de-transitioners, and parents of minors who are identifying as transgender. The conclusion? “Medical gender reassignment is not enough to improve functioning and relieve psychiatric comorbidities among adolescents with gender dysphoria.” Most of the child candidates for gender transition do not actually suffer from the medical condition known as gender dysphoria. Instead, they are being pressured and encouraged to consider transitioning by adults.  

In the documentary, several parents of transgender-identifying minor children say doctors are pressuring them to affirm their child’s gender identity. They are told that not embracing their child’s gender identity would put their child at risk of depression and suicide. One mother said a doctor told her, “Would you rather have a live son or a dead daughter?” However, in an article entitled “Suicide or Transition: The Only Options for Gender Dysphoric Kids?,” doctors of psychology J. Michael Bailey and Ray Blanchard write, “[T]he best scientific evidence suggests that gender transition is not necessarily to prevent suicide…There is no persuasive evidence that gender transition procedures reduce gender dysphoric children’s likelihood of killing themselves.”

While the evidence doesn’t show gender transition decreasing the likelihood of suicide, the evidence does show the destructive side effects of taking hormones or puberty blockers, especially for minors. Keira Bell, whose story is highlighted in the documentary, went through gender procedures when she was 17 to make herself look more like a boy and started going by the name Quincy. Today, she has de-transitioned and filed a lawsuit against the gender clinic that allowed her to make such life-altering and destructive choices as a minor. Keira says, “I was allowed to run with this idea that I had almost like a fantasy, as a teenager…and it has affected me in the long term as an adult.”

Keira Bell is not alone in her desire for justice and to transition back to her biological sex. Although sadly, her life, just like others, will never fully be the same. An article entitled “‘Hundreds’ of Young Trans People Seeking Help to Return to Original Sex” quoted Charlie Evans, a British woman who had previously identified as male for 10 years, “I’m in communication with 19 to 20-year-olds who have had full gender reassignment surgery, who wish they hadn’t, and their dysphoria hasn’t been relieved, they don’t feel better for it.” Instead of feeling better, vulnerable children are left depressed, traumatized, mutilated, and sterile.

While many “gender-affirming” doctors and therapists say that puberty blockers are reversible, they are not. More likely than not, the child will be rendered infertile because their reproductive system will never develop properly. Among other concerns, these puberty-blocking drugs increase the risk of blood clots, strokes, heart problems, and reproductive organ function.

The documentary stresses the vulnerable position of these children and the challenges their parents face. Many of these parents are unaware that their children are going to therapy, taking synthetic hormones, or being called different pronouns at school. In addition, some parents in divorce situations have learned that their spouse is encouraging puberty blockers or surgery. But several parents featured in the documentary are seeking legal action and standing up to protect their children.

One mother who is not affirming her daughter’s transition said, “The reason I am being difficult in this is not because I don’t love her. It is because I love her so much that I am willing to take on this whole ideology just to protect her from potentially making an irreversible decision in her future. And even if that means she wants to hate me and she doesn’t want to talk to me, I love her enough that I’m willing to keep fighting for her.”

The fight against the transgender agenda is a fight to protect the hearts, minds, bodies, and souls of the next generation. Minors are being sterilized, mutilated, abused, and brainwashed, and these abhorrent actions must be brought to justice.

You can watch the documentary Trans Mission: What’s the Rush to Reassign Gender? for free here. To learn more about God’s design for human sexuality and marriage, you can read “Biblical Principles for Human Sexuality” from FRC’s Center for Biblical Worldview. You can also find more FRC resources on this topic at frc.org/sexuality.

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