Gender-Related Senate Bill Based on Ideology, Not Science

Helping gender-confused children accept their biological gender will be illegal if proposed bill passes

Canada’s Senate will soon vote on Bill S-202, which seeks to amend the Criminal Code to make it illegal for doctors, psychologists, counsellors, and psychiatrists to help gender-confused children accept their biological gender. If the bill becomes law, the only legal medical treatment that will remain available to Canadian youth who struggle with gender identity will be opposite-sex hormone injections leading to surgery, with the express purpose of transitioning toward the opposite gender.

Doctors, psychologists, and other professionals are divided as to what course of treatment is best for children and teenagers who feel deeply confused about their biological gender. Emerging research shows that gender dysphoria is a social contagion, particularly among girls using social media. The debate among experts concerning the cause and best treatment for gender dysphoria in youth is far from settled. That has not stopped Liberal-appointed Senator Serge Joyal from proposing jail terms of up to five years for medical professionals who want to help children accept their biological gender as the means to overcoming gender confusion.

Bill S-202 purports to ban “conversion therapy” for minors. But the bill’s incredibly broad definition of “conversion therapy” is “any practice, treatment or service designed to change an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity or to eliminate or reduce sexual attraction or sexual behaviour between persons of the same sex. For greater certainty, this definition does not include a surgical sex change or any related service.” The legislation prevents doctors and psychologists from helping children to change their “gender identity.”

David Adams

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