The American College of Pediatricians (ACPeds), a prominent group of roughly 700 American pediatricians, released a statement formally denouncing medical gender transitioning procedures for minors on Thursday, as first reported in The Daily Signal.

ACPeds held a press conference to announce the new petition. In the petition, the medical professionals call on other organizations, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Medical Association, and the American Psychological Association, to “immediately stop the promotion of social affirmation, puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones and surgeries for children or adolescents who experience distress over their biological sex.”

The petition includes four affirmations, such as: “Sex is a dimorphic, innate trait defined in relation to an organism’s biological role in reproduction. In humans, primary sex determination occurs at fertilization and is directed by a complement of sex determining genes on the X and Y chromosomes.” Other affirmations criticize more abstract notions of “gender ideology” and state that medical procedures “should be based upon an individual’s biological sex.”

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They also introduce a list of statements which are backed by academic citations. One warns of the risks of the medical procedures used to transition minors, stating that they may “disrupt physical, cognitive, emotional and social development,” and potentially lead to “sterility.”

Several other medical professional associations joined in the petition, including the American Academy of Medical Ethics, the American College of Family Medicine, and the Catholic Medical Association.

During the press conference, the Executive Director of ACPeds Dr. Jill Simons stated, “we have serious concerns about the physical and mental health effects of the current protocols promoted for the care of children and adolescents in the United States who express discomfort with their biological sex.”

According to a June 2022 estimate from the Williams Institute at the University of California Los Angeles School of Law, “Approximately 1.6 million people ages 13 and older[…] identify as transgender in the United States.”

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