The NDP is back at it again, trying to force woke gender ideology down the throats of Ontarians.
You may recall that last year an NDP MPP introduced Bill 17, , the Gender Affirming Health Care Advisory Committee Act, which passed first and second reading within 24 hours and was then referred to the Standing Committee on Social Policy. It died before making it to third reading when Parliament was dissolved for the June election. On November 16, 2022, four other NDP MPPs introduced a new version of Bill 17--Bill 42—with the same name as before, which passed on first reading.
These bills set out to make “gender affirming” health care—care that supports gender transition, including through hormone blockers and surgeries,--more easily accessible to ALL Canadians, including minors.
Bill 42 would establish a committee to promote greater access to and enhanced insurance coverage for medical treatments related to gender transition, a majority of whom are to be from the LGBTQ+ community.
Parents should be very alarmed because if this Bill passes, it will make it all that much easier for children to start the process to change their genders. This Bill could also make it easier for experts to refer children for care—with or without parental consent! Some parents are already being kept in the dark by school authorities, when their children have begun to socially transition at school.
The Bill provides a list of who should be consulted for advice, and guess what? Parents are not even listed. In fact, the word “parent” isn’t mentioned even once in the Bill.
Bill 42 proposes that the committee take its guidance from the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) instead. This organization is staffed by physicians and activists with a pronounced bias toward the gender affirming model of care, which will compromise their ability to issue neutral, objective guidelines on the treatment of gender dysphoric individuals.
Such a biased organization should not be in charge of drawing up guidance which ought to reflect the best scientific evidence available.
There are numerous groups of people whose experiences should be considered when such guidelines are drawn up, including the numerous Canadian “detransitioners” who choose to reverse their transitions, as well as young people with co-occurring conditions such as autism, ADHD, anxiety and trauma. These latter individuals’ co-occurring conditions tend not to be taken into account under the gender affirmative model of care. As with parents, the bill makes no reference to recruiting people from these communities.
In countries where a systematic review of the outcomes of various approaches toward the treatment of gender dysphoria has been performed prior to adopting guidelines for their health care systems, such as Finland, Sweden and the UK, the affirmative approach has been discarded in favour of a model that prioritizes mental health.
Instead of travelling further down the road of incredibly damaging and life-altering “health care”, the Ontario government ought to scrap this unproven and high risk “care” model.
Please CLICK HERE to sign our petition to express your disgust with Bill 42 to the Members of the Ontario legislature and Premier Doug Ford.