CV NEWS FEED // Planned Parenthood reportedly prescribed estrogen to an 18-year-old autistic boy after a single appointment with a nurse practitioner that lasted just over a half-hour.
Aaron Sibarium of The Washington Free Beacon reported that Planned Parenthood “prescribes hormones to any legal adult without a letter from a therapist or a formal diagnosis of gender dysphoria.”
“The only requirement is a brief consultation, usually with a nurse practitioner, about the drugs’ effects, which range from mood swings and male pattern baldness to permanent infertility,” Sibarium continued.
Sibarium discussed the case of Fred*, an 18-year-old New Jersey high school student with “a history of developmental issues.”
Fred “was diagnosed with autism—technically ADHD with autistic traits—at age four, struggled with depression and anxiety as he got older, and was expelled from three different special-needs schools due to behavioral problems, stemming in part from an impulse control disorder,” Sibarium reported.
Fred’s primary lifelong interests have been stereotypically masculine, such as “guns, power tools, and metalworking.”
One year ago, at the age of 17, Fred told his parents that he identified as a “transgender woman.” This came shortly after his best friend, who is also an autistic male, began to say he was “transgender.”
Fred’s parents responded by taking him to “the only gender clinic in the country specializing in autistic youth.” Sibarium wrote that the clinic wanted to ensure Fred’s “dysphoria wasn’t transient or peer-driven” before they prescribed him hormones.
After Fred turned 18, he decided to instead to go straight to Planned Parenthood.
“In late July, while his parents were out of town and after he had come of age, Fred went to [his local Planned Parenthood clinic],” wrote Sibarium. The teen arived there
at around 11:00 a.m., according to phone tracking data his parents used to monitor his whereabouts. By 11:39, they received a text message from CVS: Fred’s estrogen prescription was on its way. Instead of a months-long evaluation by expert psychiatrists, a nurse practitioner had, in little over 30 minutes, prescribed their special-needs son a powerful drug without their knowledge or consent.
Fred’s mother, a pediatrician, strongly protested. “It’s criminal what Planned Parenthoods all over the country are doing,” she said. “And most people have no idea this is happening.”
Again, from Sibarium:
Planned Parenthood is one of the largest providers of cross-sex hormones in the United States, and one of the fastest growing. Affiliates in the greater Portland area saw a nearly 400 percent increase in “gender-affirming care visits” between 2021 and 2022, according to their annual reports, while those in Ohio saw a 544 percent increase over the same period.
“It is more popular than ever for youth to adopt new gender identities,” wrote Mairead Elordi of The Daily Wire, adding that “an estimated 300,000 minors aged 13 to 17 identified as transgender as of last year.”
A recent study confirmed that people who identify as “transgender” or “non-binary” are three to six times more likely to have autism than people who do not.
*Sibarium used a pseudonym at the request of the boy’s parents.