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Posted on: Friday, October 25, 2019
October 24, 2019
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Ruth Institute President Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D., says the heartbreaking case of seven-year-old James Younger, whose mother wants to force him to live as a girl, is about more than ‘gender-transitioning.’ It’s also about divorce and third-party reproduction.
The child’s divorced parents are involved in a horrible custody battle. The mother has enrolled her son in school as a girl and insists that he be called “Luna,” and use the girls’ restroom. Worse, she wants to subject him to puberty-blockers and cross-sex hormones. The father is fighting to keep this horror from being inflicted on his son.
Yesterday, Dallas Judge Kim Cooks ruled that the father and mother will make medical decisions for Jeffrey jointly – a step in the right direction.
Morse observed: “The case is not just about transgenderism. It is also about divorce. The family court judge has the authority to grant everything the mother requests. Whether the father cuts the boy’s hair or is sufficiently ‘affirming’ can determine whether he gets to see his own sons – James and his brother, Jude.”
“The case is also about third party reproduction,” Morse said. “James was conceived with a donated egg. The mother carried him to birth but has no genetic connection to James or Jude.”
“People who are determined to have a child at all costs sometimes develop serious control issues. The child becomes a project of one parent or the other. That appears to be the case here, with the mother so controlling that she wants to force her son to live as her ‘daughter.’”
“And, obviously, the case is about the transgender ideology. With virtually no clinical standards, adults are making irrevocable decisions that affect young children. This little boy is perfectly healthy. The sex of his body is not ‘wrong’ and does not need to be surgically or chemically altered.”
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, a conservative, has ordered the state’s Attorney General to launch an investigation into the case.
Unfortunately, Judge Cooks put a gag order on the father, preventing him from speaking publicly about the case. “Most divorce proceedings take place with little public scrutiny. But the fact is, people can attend. There is no doubt in my mind that the outcome of this case would have been very different without the efforts of a few intrepid news organizations, such as LifeSiteNews,” Morse said.
A petition on LifeSiteNews supporting the father collected more than 58,000 signatures in just a few days.
“I encourage everyone to keep following this important case. Keep the heat on! Transgenderism, third-party reproduction, and divorce all increase the power of the state over the lives of ordinary people. This is the Sexual Deep State at work,” Morse said.
The Ruth Institute is a global interfaith non-profit organization equipping Christians to defend the family and build a civilization of love.
Dr. Morse is the author of The Sexual State: How Elite Ideologies Are Destroying Lives.
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Posted on: Thursday, August 22, 2019
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Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D., Founder and President of the Ruth Institute, said replacing a noted humanitarian and America’s first canonized saint with a politically connected drag queen “makes a mockery of the program’s stated purpose. The city claimed it wanted to erect monuments honoring the women who built New York City. Instead, NY’s First Lady is honoring men who say they are women.”
New York City is planning to erect statues of women to address a perceived gender-imbalance among the city’s monuments. Political correctness has come to dominate the process.
The project is known as She Built NYC and is expected to cost $5 million. Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini (popularly known as Mother Cabrini) “fit the stated description of the project perfectly,” Morse observed.
Working in the 1880s, Mother Cabrini founded an upstate orphanage and a school for girls in the Washington Heights section of New York. Altogether, she started 67 institutions dedicated to helping the poor. When the city solicited nominations for the She Built NY project, Mother Cabrini was nominated more frequently than any other person.
The City’s First Lady, Chirlane McCray, ignored the public’s stated wishes and selected drag queens and LGBTQ activists, who adopted the names Sylvia Rivera and Marsha Johnson, in place of Mother Cabrini.
Dr. Morse explained: “Calling yourself ‘transgendered’ doesn’t make you a woman if you have the DNA of a man. Adopting a woman’s name and dressing like a woman won’t work either. Gender is a matter of biology, not belief.”
Morse continued: “Sexual Revolutionaries have found a new way to advance their agenda – publicly-funded monuments honoring individuals who represent gender confusion and whose chief achievement is political activism promoting their cause.”
The Ruth Institute is a global non-profit organization equipping Christians to defend the family and build a civilization of love. On April 26-27, the Institute held a Summit for Survivors of Sexual Revolution.
Dr. Morse is the author of The Sexual State: How Elite Ideologies Are Destroying Lives.
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Posted on: Tuesday, June 25, 2019
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Ruth Institute President Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D. accused MTV of “selling gender confusion” with the first “sexually fluid” episode of its dating show “Are You the One?” which airs tonight at 9 pm Eastern.
The episode takes 16 singles to Hawaii where they look for their perfect match and compete for a chance to split a $1 million prize. The contestants have either “changed genders” or said they’re open to dating anyone, regardless of their declared identity.
“MTV isn’t promoting tolerance,” Morse declared. “They’re selling the ideological agenda of the Sexual Revolution. An individual can no more change their sex than they can change their species. Your sex is biologically given at birth. The gender-confused should seek counseling to live with that reality.”
Morse notes that Jamie Shupe, who an Oregon Court declared America’s first “nonbinary person” three years ago, is now living as a man again. An army veteran, Shupe says that his attempt to change genders “was all a sham.”
Shupe adds: “I’m one of the lucky ones. Despite participating in medical transgenderism for six years, my body is still intact. Most people who desist from transgender identities after gender changes can’t say the same.”
According to Forbes magazine, since 2011 MTV has lost 50% of its audience in the lucrative 18-49 demographic. Morse called tonight’s effort to spread gender-confusion “a pathetic attempt to make itself relevant. The cable network should be helping those with gender dysphoria, not trying to make their condition attractive.”
Dr. Morse’s latest book is “The Sexual State: How Elite Ideologies Are Destroying Lives,” covers transgenderism and other aspects of the Gender Ideology.
The Ruth Institute is a global non-profit organization equipping Christians to defend the family and build a civilization of love. On April 26-27, the Institute held a Summit for Survivors of Sexual Revolution in Lake Charles, Louisiana. The Summit included discussions about Gender Ideology.
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Posted on: Tuesday, April 30, 2019
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The Ruth Institute’s Summit for Survivors of the Sexual Revolution (April 27) was a success by any measure. The Summit, which took place in Lake Charles, Louisiana, included Survivors of Divorce and Survivors of the LGBT Culture.
The Summit was preceded by an Awards Banquet the evening of April 26. Those honored were Dr. Robert Gagnon, recipient of the Scholarship Award, and Jeff Morgan, who received the Activism Award. Both spoke the next day.
Moira Greyland Peat, who received the Public Witness Award, was the banquet’s keynote speaker. Author of The Dark Side of Avalon, Moira survived years of sexual abuse by her mother, famed science fiction writer Marion Zimmer Bradley. Many commented that while her testimony was emotionally exhausting, it also provided a necessary antidote to the cliched version of the gay lifestyle pushed by the media.
The Saturday Summit included keynote addresses by Dr. Stephen Baskerville (Professor of Government at Patrick Henry College; "How No-Fault Divorce Empowers the State"), Mrs. Leila Miller (author and Catholic blogger; "The Lifelong Impact of Divorce On Children"), Dr. Robert Gagnon (Professor of New Testament at Houston Baptist University; "What the Church Really Teaches about Homosexual Activity") and Fr. Paul Sullins (Ruth Institute Senior Research Associate; "The Impact of Same-Sex Parenting on Children and the Impact of the Homosexual Subculture on Clergy S*x Abuse").
There were also testimony panels on Abandoned Spouses and Adult Children of Divorce and Adult Children and Spouses of Gays, Lesbians and Transgenders, and Refugees from the Gay Lifestyle.
A participant remarked: “These are tragedies the mainstream media, the divorce industry, and the gay-friendly culture do their best to ignore.” Another added: “I’ve been reading about the abandonment, betrayal and trauma of divorce for years. But hearing these speakers made the devastation real in ways that news stories and academic reports can’t.”
Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ruth Institute Founder and President, challenged participants to use the knowledge they acquired to help shape the debate over the Sexual Revolution.
“Don’t sit on the sidelines. Now that you understand the devastation caused by the Sexual Revolution, help us to fight for the family and cultural sanity,” Morse declared.
The entire Summit will be available on podcast and YouTube soon.
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The Ruth Institute is a global non-profit organization equipping Christians to defend the family in the public arena and build a Civilization of Love. Click here for more information on the Ruth Institute.
Posted on: Thursday, December 06, 2018
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Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Founder and President of the Ruth Institute, said her organization was delighted to join such colleagues as the American College of Pediatricians, Alliance Defending Freedom, the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and Liberty Counsel in applauding the decision of the Trump Administration to uphold the scientific definition of sex in federal law.
In an extraordinary move, the Obama Administration had urged federal agencies to expand the Title IX definition of sex to include so-called “gender identity” – treating those who identify with the opposite sex as if they were members of the opposite sex.
The letter released today supports the Trump Administration’s decision “to uphold the original scientific meaning and legal intent of the term ‘sex’ in federal law.”
Signers of the December 6th letter to the Departments of Justice, Education and Health and Human Services, noted:
Besides the organizations mentioned above, the letter was also endorsed by the Christian Medical and Dental Association, the National Task Force for Therapy Equality and the Freedom Defense Fund.
Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse is the author of the recently published book, The Sexual State: How Elite Ideologies Are Destroying Lives, which includes a discussion of transgenderism in the chapter "The Gender Revolution."
Posted on: Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Prepared by Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Founder and President, The Ruth Institute
Below, we offer our reasons for believing these Guidelines do not serve the interests of the children of the United States.
Intersex is a medically diagnosable condition. According to the Intersex Society of North America, the term “intersex” “is a general term used for a variety of conditions in which a person is born with a reproductive or sexual anatomy that doesn’t seem to fit the typical definitions of female or male.” The Intersex Society of North America does not advocate that intersex individuals be treated as a third gender or as having no gender. 2
“There are at least two problems with trying to raise kids in a “third gender.” First, how would we decide who would count in the “third gender”? How would we decide where to cut off the category of male and begin the category of intersex, or, on the other side of the spectrum, where to cut off the category of intersex to begin the category of female? …Second, and much more importantly, we are trying to make the world a safe place for intersex kids, and we don’t think labeling them with a gender category that in essence doesn’t exist would help them. …
“What we do advocate is providing parents of intersex newborns—and within a couple of years, intersex children themselves—honest and accurate information about intersex, psychological counseling by professionals who are not intersex-phobic, medical help for any real medical problems, and especially referrals to other people dealing with the same issues.”
Intersex children do not need bathrooms that are open to everyone of any gender. Nor do they need school administrators concealing information from their parents, in the name of respecting their “civil rights.” The role of the schools should be confined to respecting the treatment plan the child’s parents and doctors have developed for that particular child.
School boards should be aware that single-occupancy restrooms available for all students are in fact, permitted by the Department of Justice Guidelines:
“At the same time, the guidance makes clear that schools can provide additional privacy options to any student for any reason. The guidance does not require any student to use shared bathrooms or changing spaces, when, for example, there are other appropriate options available; and schools can also take steps to increase privacy within shared facilities.”3
Open access restrooms and changing facilities are not necessary for the benefit of Intersex students.
Students with Gender Dysphoria
Gender dysphoria (GD) describes the mental condition in which an individual experiences discordance between one’s gender identity (the awareness of being male of female) and one’s biological sex.4 While Gender Dysphoria is a recognized medical condition, its diagnosis is an imprecise science. Its proper treatment remains controversial, even among professionals. A variety of acceptable treatment modalities exist.5 People are sometimes misdiagnosed.6 People who transition to another gender sometimes have serious regrets.7
It should go without saying that schools are not competent to practice either medicine or psychology.
Open access restrooms and changing facilities are not necessary for the benefit of students with Gender Dysphoria. Any children who suffer from Gender Dysphoria can be accommodated in single stall bathrooms and changing facilities. All children can be taught to be kind to one another.
The Guidelines8 define “Transgender” as follows:
Transgender describes those individuals whose gender identity is different from the sex they were assigned at birth.
The Guidelines define Gender Identity this way:
Gender identity refers to an individual’s internal sense of gender. A person’s gender identity may be different from or the same as the person’s sex assigned at birth.
The Guidelines further state:
Under Title IX, there is no medical diagnosis or treatment requirement that students must meet as a prerequisite to being treated consistent with their gender identity.
Thus, for purposes of law, transgenderism is not a medically diagnosed condition: it is a personally diagnosed condition. Elsewhere, the Guidelines make it clear that the student, without telling their parents, may present themselves as transgender to their peers, teachers and school staff. Students can call themselves male or female as they wish, without medical evaluation or parental oversight or even knowledge. They can change their self-identification for any reason or no reason. The “Guidelines” offer no guidance whatsoever on this point.
Young people are not fully developed in their sense of identity, including their sense of gender identity. Children who are so confused about who they are that they identify as something other than their bodily gender need adult supervision, and greater bodily privacy, not less of each. They would benefit from the supervision and privacy afforded by use of a single stall or staff bathroom.
Mandating genderless bathrooms, to be accessed by any student is not helpful, even to the “transgender” student as defined by these guidelines. Open access restrooms and changing facilities are not necessary for the benefit of self-defined “transgender” students.
Students who experience no dysphoria or discomfort with their biological sex
The vast majority of children will never experience any sense of discordance between their biological sex and their perceived gender. The Guidelines, if implemented, will create an environment that could derail the normal developmental process in which the child’s gender identity aligns securely with their biological sex. The Guidelines correspond to an extreme version of “gender theory,” namely the theory that human beings exist independently of their bodies, and that a person’s sex is “assigned” at birth and is not a biological reality.
A school environment of carefully policed and constantly changing pronouns, and of genderless bathrooms will create confusion for children who would not otherwise be confused. The social infrastructure that will be needed to support the implementation of gender theory could potentially include forbidding teachers to use the terms “boy” or “girl,” including the censoring of health classes to remove gender references even from reproduction. Instead of saying “women have ovaries and produce eggs, men have testes and produce sperm,” teachers may be required to say “persons with ovaries produce eggs, persons with testes produce sperm.” Sharing space with any student of the opposite sex who claims to identify as “transgender” places the other children at risk for voyeurism and assault.9
Ordinary children will certainly not benefit from genderless bathrooms.
The Transgender Political Movement
If Intersex children and gender dysphoric children do not benefit from genderless bathrooms, if the “transgender” category of children invented by these guidelines are not helped by genderless bathrooms, and if ordinary children are not helped, who actually is helped by these far-reaching Guidelines? The transgender activist political movement benefits.
The transgender movement is controversial, even among the wider gay rights movement. Lesbian feminist professor Sheila Jeffreys describes male-bodied transgenders as invading women-only spaces and exercising a form of male privilege.10 The Federal government should not be imposing any ideological agenda, much less taking sides in an internal quarrel within the larger gay rights movement.
The public schools have no business enlisting small children in an ideological crusade of any kind. Creating a day to day living environment that implements the most controversial plank of the transgender political regime does exactly that: enlists the children in an ideological crusade. Certainly, the federal government should not be conscripting every public school in America in an ideological movement, and drafting every public school child in America as its foot soldiers.
School boards are well within their moral and legal rights to decline to participate in the federal government’s war against nature.
1. “10 More States Sue Obama Administration over Transgender Bathroom Directive,” Politico, July 8, 2016. http://www.politico.com/story/2016/07/obama-transgenderbathrooms-states-sue-225303↩
2. The Intersex Society of North America, http://www.isna.org/ See in particular, the FAQ page on third gender: http://www.isna.org/faq/third-gender↩
3. From the Department of Justice News Release, U.S. Departments of Justice and Education Release Joint Guidance to Help Schools Ensure the Civil Rights of Transgender Students, Issued May 13, 2016. https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/us-departments-justice-and-education-release-joint-guidance-help-schools-ensure-civil-rights Accessed July 19, 2016.↩
4. American Psychiatric Association. (2013) Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (5th ed.) p. 451.↩
5. See for instance the firing of highly respected Kenneth Zucker, and the widespread show of support for him. This incident illustrates that the treatment of GD remains controversial, even among professionals. Singal, J. "How the Fight Over Transgender Kids Got a Leading Sex Researcher Fired." (Feb. 7, 2016) New York Magazine. Available at http://nymag.com/scienceofus/2016/02/fight-over-trans-kids-got-a-researcher-fired Accessed July 19, 2016. Bancroft, J, et al. "Open Letter to the Board of Trustees of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health." (Jan. 11, 2016) iPetition Available at http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/boardoftrustees-CAMH Accessed July 19, 2016.↩
6. Jennifer Roback Morse, “Euthanizing the Unhappy: the Urgent Need for Love,” showing the “botched” sex change operation that led to a Belgian woman’s request for euthanasia was not botched at all. Rather, she wanted to be a man because her mother always wanted a son. This particular woman should not have been approved for sex change surgery. The Public Discourse, November 7, 2013. http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2013/11/11113/ Accessed July 19, 2016. ↩
7. See generally, the work of Walt Heyer, including the website, Sex Change Regret: A site for people who regret changing genders. http://www.sexchangeregret.com/ Accessed July 19, 2016. ↩
8. The Dear Colleague letter, outlining these guidelines, may be found here: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/letters/colleague-201605-title-ix-transgender.pdf ↩
9. The voyeurism case may be found at the New York Times, “Transgender Woman Charged with Voyeurism at Target in Idaho,” July 14, 2016 http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/15/us/target-transgender-idaho-voyeurism.html?_r=2 . The concerns about assault are carefully spelled out by a rape survivor at The Federalist, “A Rape Survivor Speaks Out about Transgender Bathrooms,” Kaeley Triller, November 23, 2015. http://thefederalist.com/2015/11/23/a-rape-survivor-speaks-out-about-transgender-bathrooms/ ↩
10. Sheila Jeffreys, Gender Hurts: A Feminist Analysis of the Politics of Transgenderism, (London: Routledge, 2014). ↩