By DAVID BOYLE
Alaska is not immune to the underlying agenda being pushed nationwide to separate parents from their children. To protest will label you as anti-LBGTQ. But it’s worse: Some schools are keeping important records about students from their parents.
It’s not just the federal government touting this agenda—it’s also the military, school districts, and very liberal parents who wish to be considered enlightened and thus virtue signal at the expense of their children’s innocence.
The nation’s first transgender Assistant Secretary for Health, Admiral Rachel Levine, has stated that the “highest levels” of the U.S. government support gender-reassignment treatment for minor children.
In other words, the Biden Administration supports puberty blockers and sex change surgeries for children.
Dr. Levine is encouraging doctors at the state medical boards to help censor “medical misinformation” on social media. Shades of Covid-19 censorship by Facebook, Twitter, etc. is emerging as parents are figuring out what the government is doing and how to protect their children.
Those doctors who oppose the gender-affirming care, to include removal of reproductive organs for adolescent children, may face action by their state medical boards. This has happened before with the Covid “misinformation” complaint filed against Alaska doctors.
Dr. Levine has replaced Dr. Anthony Fauci as “Mr. Science” by stating, “The positive value of gender-affirming care for youth and adults is not in scientific or medical dispute.”
The federal government’s Office of Population Affairs has a page dedicated to “Gender-Affirming Care and Young People” which includes gender-affirming surgery for adolescents. This so-called gender-affirming care includes surgical removal of sexual organs.
Parents are legally responsible for their children’s actions until they turn 18. But children can now state they want to be a different gender at any age and be welcomed into the community.
Even the US military has put barriers between parents and their minor children.
Recently, a friend took her 11-year-old son to a local Air Force Base hospital for a well checkup. The pediatrician asked the mother to leave so she could ask the 11-year-old some questions. The mother left the room thinking the doctor would ask questions regarding child abuse.
She was wrong thinking that.
Her son said the doctor asked, “What sex did he identify with, boy, girl or other”. The doctor also asked, “What sex are you attracted to, boy, girl or other?” Finally, the doctor asked the 11-year-old boy if he had sex yet.
Shocked after her son relayed the questions to her, the parent met with the pediatrician to discuss those questions and why they were inappropriate for an 11-year-old. She also wanted to know why she was asked to leave the room during that questioning.
The mother also wanted to know the source of those questions.
The doctor said that the questions were part of the protocol recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics, and that the protocol template would not be provided to the mother.
The American Academy of Pediatrics also supports gender fluidity and the non-disclosure of a minor’s medical records to parents.
The final straw was when the doctor told her that once her child was 12 the parents would not even have access to her son’s medical records.
The parent said that the doctor had planted gender fluid and transgender ideas in her son’s head and that he would Google those subjects. The doctor responded, “Then I have done my job.”
After further research, I have discovered that the Air Force has an actual policy that after a certain age (12-14) it will not disclose a minor’s health records to the parents.
So, the Air Force medical personnel have access to your child’s medical records but you, the parent, do not.
What if your child is on birth control, uses drugs, has an abortion? Are you, the parent not privy to this information? Of course, most parents would know this about their child. But what about the parent who has little communication with the child?
This begs the question, “Whose children are they?” Clearly in the realm of sexual identity and sexual activity they belong to the government.
As noted in an earlier article, the Anchorage School District, Juneau School District, and the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District clearly leave parents in the dark when it comes to a student’s gender transition. The principal and the district have replaced the parents.
A student needs a permission slip from a parent for a field trip.
A student needs a permission slip from a parent for an aspirin.
Parents are responsible for their minor child’s behavior. So, why are parents being left out of the transgender decision-making process?
Many schools across America are following the lead of the NEA, ACLU, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, the Gender Spectrum, and the Human Rights Campaign. These organizations have replaced parents in determining the future of our children.
The teacher unions have provided guidance on gender transitioning to include the use of puberty blockers. Parents are left out of the discussion when it comes to their child wanting to gender transition even if that child is too immature to make this life-changing decision.
The public school administrators, the teacher unions, the federal government, and the military have more power when it comes to your child’s gender identity.
But schools that do not allow parents access to a student’s educational records may be violating the Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA).
Under FERPA, parents have the right to inspect and review a student’s education records maintained by the school.
And if a school has a different name or gender on a student’s records, hiding that secret name from parents would violate FERPA. But that is exactly what the transgender supporters want schools to do — hide gender identity confusion from parents.
Parents need to decide that their children are theirs, not the government’s.
David Boyle is the education writer for Must Read Alaska.