Slate.com published what might top my list of unbelievable articles from the dark, surreal world of the liberal mind. In fact, I almost thought it was satire until I realized it was written from a human rights activist and the article is categorized under the subject “Expanding the LGBTQ Conversation”.
The article intrigued me as a mother with the title, “Don’t Let the Doctor Do this to Your Newborn”. In fact, the writer sets up an imaginary scenario of a baby being born and the parents cuddling that newborn in their arms. Then the parent is told that their child needs a routine “treatment” which might lead to side effects with negative ramifications for the baby’s future.
No parent wants their baby to have a procedure that might have detrimental side effects.
But wait for it…
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The writer explains:
“…The imaginary treatment I described above is real. Obstetricians, doctors, and midwives commit this procedure on infants every single day, in every single country. In reality, this treatment is performed almost universally without even asking for the parents’ consent, making this practice all the more insidious. It’s called infant gender assignment: When the doctor holds your child up to the harsh light of the delivery room, looks between its legs, and declares his opinion: It’s a boy or a girl, based on nothing more than a cursory assessment of your offspring’s genitals.”
Yes, this is the vile practice all parents should now guard their newborns from. Don’t bring in those pink or blue balloons to the hospital room. Don’t call grandma and declare, “It’s a boy” or “It’s a girl.” Those labels alone could cause the child to suffer from depression, social ostracism, or even cause the child to not hold down a job in the future.
But wait there’s more…
With infant gender assignment, in a single moment your baby’s life is instantly and brutally reduced from such infinite potentials down to one concrete set of expectations and stereotypes, and any behavioral deviation from that will be severely punished—both intentionally through bigotry, and unintentionally through ignorance. That doctor (and the power structure behind him) plays a pivotal role in imposing those limits on helpless infants, without their consent, and without your informed consent as a parent. This issue deserves serious consideration by every parent, because no matter what gender identity your child ultimately adopts, infant gender assignment has effects that will last through their whole life.
While I am shaking my head in disbelief over such a ridiculous notion, I am all too mindful that this is the world we now live in. Where being formed in the image of God, both male and female, is rendered a social limitation in defense of the transgender lifestyle instead of a celebration of life.
There is grace and compassion for those that struggle with sexual identity. As the body of Christ, we are called to love and minister to those who question the very gender they were given by God. But we do not have to be manipulated by those that claim gender is nothing more than a social construct that limits a child’s future. We are the image of God and our gender was assigned on purpose to glorify our Creator.
For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Psalm 139: 13-14
Oh, how relevant is this verse in our world today.
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