BC: Stop Paying to Mutilate Healthy Men and Women
According to a recent BC government press release, plans are in the works to publicly fund surgeries designed to mutilate healthy men and women in BC. These “complex lower surgeries” will effectively remove and reconfigure normal, healthy male and female sex organs using plastic surgery.
This is an appalling and irresponsible announcement from the NDP government of John Horgan.
The BC government is bowing to pressure from vocal LGBT lobbyists who are demanding so-called “reconstructive gender-affirming surgeries” to be provided free of charge to anyone who asks for them. These surgeries will be provided by 14 willing surgeons across the province starting in 2019.
The cost of these surgeries is enormous.
The Philadelphia Center for Transgender Surgery reports that basic “male-to-female” surgery that includes testicle removal, genital surgery, and breast augmentation starts at $27,950 (US). On the other hand, basic “female-to-male” surgery that includes mastectomy, areolar reduction, and genital surgery, starts at $27,250 (US).
Keep in mind that there is absolutely no medical reason why any man or woman “needs” to undergo such barbaric procedures. They are completely voluntary. All you have to do is “identify” as transgender and say, “chop chop”, and the people of BC foot the bill!
Meanwhile, diabetics have to pay for their own needles, low-income earners cannot afford good dental care, and wait times for essential surgeries grow longer and longer. (The average wait time for a hip replacement is 42 weeks.)
According to estimates, there are around 46,000 people in BC (0.95% of the population) who identify as “transgender”. Though only 178 individuals underwent upper-body (chest/breast mutilating) surgery in 2018, this is up from 56 in 2014. It is anticipated that, once free lower-body surgery becomes available in BC, many more “trans-identifying” people will want to give it a try.
According to current mainstream medicine, people who feel that their gender does not match their body experience “gender dysphoria” or “gender identity disorder”, a psychiatric condition.
Dr. Jon Meyer, the former chairman of the Johns Hopkins Gender Clinic, had this to say about transgender surgeries: “To say this type of surgery cures psychiatric disturbance is incorrect. We now have objective evidence that there is no real difference in the transsexual’s adjustments to life in terms of job, educational attainment, marital adjustment and social stability… My personal feeling is that the surgery is not a proper treatment for a psychiatric disorder, and it’s clear to me these patients have severe psychological problems that don’t go away following surgery.”
Those who opt for transgender surgeries are falling prey to the propoganda of the LGBT lobby and the virtue signalling of certain politicians and social justice warriors. These types of surgeries are unnecessary and, frankly, barbaric. In fact, there is a growing number of individuals who experience “sex change regret” and choose to have their procedures reversed. This will also have to be paid for by the taxpayers of BC!
Therefore, we are calling on BC Premier John Horgan and Health Minister Adrian Dix to immediately HALT their plans. They must stop funding elective surgeries for self-identifying “transgender” people. There are much better and more pressing uses for our limited health care resources!
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