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Ruth Inst. Applauds Diocese of Lansing, Slams State of Virginia, for Stands on Gender Ideology

January 20, 2021

For Immediate Release

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Ruth Inst. Applauds Diocese of Lansing, Slams State of Virginia, for Stands on Gender Ideology

“The Ruth Institute congratulates the Catholic Diocese of Lansing, Michigan, for siding with nature and science against ideology,” said Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D., founder and president of the Ruth Institute.

On January 15, the Lansing diocese launched a policy on gender identity based on the Congregation for Catholic Education’s 2019 document, “Male and Female He Created Them.” The document rejects “any ‘gender theory’ that denies the difference and reciprocity in nature of a man and a woman.”

“Finally, an institution is willing to stand up to the gender ideology, which is sweeping government and our schools,” said Morse. “The diocese’s policy provides that students and parents be addressed with pronouns in accordance with their biological sex. Students will participate in sports and use bathrooms, showers, and changing rooms on the same basis.


“This is consistent with respect for the biological reality of male and female. The diocesan policy also reflects Catholic teaching that the differences between male and female are part of God’s design and gifts to be accepted and cherished,” Morse explained.

The diocesan policy recognizes that gender dysphoria “is a real psychological condition which causes real human suffering that has to be met with genuine compassion, rooted in truth and love, and accompanied by the highest standards of pastoral care.”

Morse noted that studies have shown that the vast majority of young people with gender dysphoria diagnoses who are supported in their biological sex, eventually become comfortable with their bodies.

“No one is ‘born in the wrong body.’ The diocesan policy is authentic compassion,” Morse said.

She contrasted the Lansing Diocese with the Virginia Department of Education, which claims that male and female are merely “labels” that are “typically assigned at birth.”

Virginia’s policies require that students be allowed to use the bathroom, etc. of their choice. Teachers and administrators are not allowed to question the action. Not using a student’s preferred pronoun is considered a form of harassment to be met with disciplinary action.

Morse charged, “For the Commonwealth of Virginia, modesty is irrelevant. Girls will not be allowed to object to the presence of boys in places where their bodies are exposed. Virginia’s policies encourage voyeurism and punish those who protest this gross invasion of privacy. Under Virginia’s policies, to refuse to endorse a student’s fantasy is an offense to be equated with racial or religious discrimination.”

There’s nothing compassionate about subscribing to an individual’s fantasy world and punishing those who refuse to endorse their delusions,” Morse said. “Men who say they are women are the legal equivalent of humans with women’s bodies. There is certainly nothing ‘pro-woman’ about saying that women’s bodies are irrelevant,” Morse declared. “The State of Virginia is erasing womanhood. Those of us who believe in eternal truth must oppose the folly of our times.”

The Ruth Institute is a global non-profit organization, leading an international interfaith coalition to defend the family and build a civilization of love.

Jennifer Roback Morse is the author of The Sexual State: How Elite Ideologies Are Destroying Lives.

To schedule an interview with Dr. Morse, contact media@ruthinstitute.org.


Removal of Healthy Breasts from Adolescents is Unconscionable, Says Ruth Inst.

January 11, 2021

For Immediate Release

For More Information: media@ruthinstitute.org

Removal of Healthy Breasts from Adolescents is Unconscionable, Says Ruth Inst.

“Removing healthy breasts is irrevocable and unconscionable,” said Ruth Institute President Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D., in response to the California Department of Insurance stating insurance companies must pay for the breast removal of teenaged girls “transitioning” to boys.

Further, these operations are no longer to be considered cosmetic but required “reconstructive” surgery to remove “abnormal structures of the body caused by congenital defects.” Morse responded, “How’s that for a string of euphemisms?


“Is anyone telling these children that this move is irrevocable?” Morse asked. “Is anyone telling them that regardless of how they feel in the future, they are giving up their ability to breastfeed a child forever?”

Morse also noted: “Late last year, a high court in the United Kingdom ruled that minors suffering from gender dysphoria are unable to give informed consent to hormone-blocking drugs. But in California, minors can consent to double mastectomies.

“The California Department of Insurance has become a rubber stamp for the gay lobby,” Morse said. “Its decision isn’t medical but ideological. It’s based on the dogma that if a teenaged girl decides she’s a boy and wants to have her body surgically altered to resemble that of a boy, her decision must be celebrated and facilitated.

“What insanity, for someone in authority to tell impressionable teenaged girls that if they think they might want to be a boy, their breasts are just getting in the way and they should go under the surgeon’s knife.”

Dr. Michelle Cretella, MD, FCP, President of the American College of Pediatricians flatly stated: “This active promotion of transgenderism has resulted in massive uncontrolled and unconsented experimentation on children and adolescents. This is child abuse.”

Dr. Cretella spoke at the Ruth Institute’s 2020 Summit for Survivors of the Sexual Revolution on “Medical Tragedies of the Sexual Revolution.”

On January 5, Morse was interviewed on the California Insurance Department’s decision on the One America News Network.

The Ruth Institute is a global non-profit organization, leading an international interfaith coalition to defend the family and build a civilization of love.

Jennifer Roback Morse is the author of The Sexual State: How Elite Ideologies Are Destroying Lives.

To schedule an interview with Dr. Morse, contact media@ruthinstitute.org.

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