A Toronto plastic surgeon who calls himself a “leader in the LGBT community” says he has performed mastectomies on girls as young as 14 who identity as boys.
LifeSiteNews.com interviewed the doctor, Marc DuPéré, who said he performed surgeries to remove the breasts of two 14-year-old girls in the past five years who considered themselves transgender. He has conducted mastectomies on girls ages 15 and 16, too. The surgery costs around $9,000.
“Parents should encourage questioning with their children to understand ‘their story,’” he told the website.
In an online forum with a patient, DuPéré was asked the youngest age he would perform a mastectomy. He responded “14 and older” and said it’s helpful if the child is 16-18 or older.
“As long as it is clear your child is firm about the decision to transition and with my consultation with him and yourself, I would be happy to help,” the post read.
One controversy – as noted by LifeSiteNews – is that a child may grow to regret the decision to have surgery. Michelle Cretella, president of the American College of Pediatricians, says it’s not uncommon for children who experience gender confusion to stop having those feelings.
“There are at least 6,500 genetic differences between men and women,” Cretella says in an online video. “Hormones and surgery cannot, and do not, change this.”
Cretella added, “Sound ethics demand an immediate end to the use of pubertal suppression, cross-sex hormones, and sex reassignment surgeries in children and adolescent.”
Michael Foust is a freelance writer. Visit his blog, MichaelFoust.com
Publication Date: July 27, 2018
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Michael Foust has covered the intersection of faith and news for 20 years. His stories have appeared in Baptist Press, Christianity Today, The Christian Post, The Leaf-Chronicle, the Toronto Star and the Knoxville News-Sentinel.