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Posted on: Friday, July 23, 2021
by William Mahoney, Ph.D.
This article was first published at ChurchMilitant on July 21, 2021.
The money-making gender industry is destroying lives and families. But one woman who struggled with gender identity as a child is helping people understand the underlying reasons for gender dysphoria. Church Militant's William Mahoney recently spoke with her about her work.
No child is born in the wrong body: That's the principal message of a new book for children by an author who speaks from experience.
Erin Brewer: "My name is Erin Brewer, and I actually wrote a book about my experience being a transgender child. And I did that because I felt it was really
important to share with people that children who have these difficult feelings don't have to 'transition.'"
Erin lamented there are children's books like I Am Jazz that push a false narrative about children dealing with gender confusion. I Am Jazz was written by a child going by "Jazz Jennings" and co-authored by LGBT propagandist Jessica Herthel. I Am Jazz is listed as a book for children from 4 to 8 years old.
A blurb in the listing exposes the driving pro-LGBT message of the book: "From the time she was two years old, Jazz knew that she had a girl's brain in a boy's body."
I wanted to make sure that kids know that's not true. So I got help from therapists and teachers to help me resolve those difficult feelings. And initially, when somebody suggested that I write a kids' book, I thought, "It's going to be really difficult." The reason I developed that dysphoria in the first place was the result of a sexual assault, and that's not something that you want to typically write about in a kids' book. But then I thought about I Am Jazz, which tells children they were born in the wrong body, and I thought, "That's really scary. I'm not sure if there's anything more scary [sic] than that."
After prayer and reflection, Erin decided her book countering the transgender industry's narrative needed to be written. And while pro-LGBT Herthel goes around indoctrinating children, parents, teachers and politicians how to use I Am Jazz as a "teaching tool," Erin is fighting hellfire with the fire of truth in love.
After writing the book, I wanted to find a way to get the message out more. And the organization that I cofounded called Partners for Ethical Care raised $1,000 in two days for me. We were able to buy a bunch of books — and I've been driving around the country donating them to libraries, health care providers, churches and therapy offices.
The organization Erin cofounded can be found online at PartnersForEthicalCare.com.That organization, PEC for short, exists to stop the medical transitioning of children and spread the truth that transitioning is not an identity, but an intervention that harms children.
Erin Brewer: "We collect stories. We have information for parents. We reach out to legislators and to doctors and to teachers to try to help them understand
how dangerous it is to do this to children."
Church Militant spoke with Erin during the weekend in Lake Charles, Louisiana, when she was spreading PEC's hope-filled message as a guest speaker at the Ruth Institute's 2021 Survivors' Summit.
Posted on: Tuesday, July 20, 2021
Summit attendees will examine the global sexual revolution and the future of freedom and family.
by Kathy Schiffer
This article was first posted July 15, 2021 at National Catholic Register.
Our society is under attack from within. Those in the helping professions — doctors, educators, counselors — all have faced a challenge from the Cancel Culture. The culture wrought by the sexual revolution demands that we abandon our Christian principles, replace the traditional family and embrace a whole new culture of sexual “freedom” which promotes same-sex “marriage,” transgenderism, premarital and extramarital sex and abortion as societal goods.
The Ruth Institute will challenge the prevailing narrative with its fourth annual Summit for Survivors of the Sexual Revolution July 16-17. This year’s event will bring together experts to discuss the global sexual revolution, citing the casualties and the medical costs. The participants will lay out solutions to reclaim the professions and strengthen the traditional family.
The Register spoke with Jennifer Roback Morse, founder of the Ruth Institute, about the theme for this year's summit, with its focus on those in the fields of medicine, education and therapy.
“What the professions all have in common,” Morse explained, “is that they are under tremendous pressure from the left to conform to a false narrative. And the central problem is common to all of the professions, not just the ones we're talking about. In social work, for example, the same pattern is evident: [Sexual revolution ideologues] weasel their way into the profession, manufacturing fake evidence and reshaping the narrative.”
One example of such blatant distortion, Morse reported, was a resolution passed by the American Medical Association members at their annual meeting in June. The AMA advocated for the removal of sex from birth certificates. “Designating sex on birth certificates as male or female,” claimed AMA Board Chair-Elect Sandra Adamson Fryhofer, M.D., “perpetuates the view that sex designation is permanent and fails to recognize the medical spectrum of gender identity. This type of categorization system also risks stifling an individual's self-expression and self-identification and contributes to marginalization and minoritization.”
Morse reported that last year, at the Ruth Institute's 2020 Summit, they learned that Planned Parenthood had been distributing cross-sex hormones to teenagers. Until that time, pro-life sidewalk counselors had been trained to help an abortion-minded woman to choose life, but they were not prepared to counsel teens who arrived at the clinic planning to initiate a sex change.
Morse worked with Dr. Michelle Cretella, the executive director of the American College of Pediatricians (ACPeds), developing a way to encourage teens with gender dysphoria to seek help, instead of seeking life-altering surgery. Together they came up with a pamphlet for sidewalk counselors to use. That pamphlet, titled “Your Pain Is Real,” will be introduced Friday and Saturday.
Attendees of the summit will explore four related themes: the global sexual revolution; counting the casualties; medical costs; and the demographic winter and the future of freedom and family.
Speakers Expose the Fallacies Behind the Transgender Movement
The topic of transgenderism is one which several of the summit’s speakers have faced personally.
Walt Heyer experienced gender confusion as the result of an abusive childhood. He took hormones and underwent surgery to adopt the appearance of a female, then lived for eight years appearing to be a woman until stopping in 1991. Heyer, whose story is told in Ryan Anderson's 2018 book When Harry Became Sally, talked with the Register about his presentation at the Survivors' Summit.
“The issues are significant,” Heyer said, “in that the idea of changing genders is false. No one today has the medical expertise to biologically change what is innate and fixed from conception; that is, when the sperm hits the egg, gender/sex is immutable and as such, cannot be changed by using hormones or performing radical surgical procedures. The infallible truth is that a person can only change persona (public presentation), not gender or sex (biologically innate and fixed). My role [in the summit] is to bring a perspective of truth that is so often neglected, earned through my experience of living as a woman for eight years.”
As a young child, Erin Brewer experienced intense self-hatred and loathing for her female body. She cut her hair short, wore her brother's
hand-me-downs and was verbally and physically aggressive toward her classmates. A caring school counselor led her parents and teachers to help resolve
her gender confusion by reinforcing her female identity, exposing her to strong and talented women and putting her in girls' groups such as Brownies.
Posted on: Thursday, April 08, 2021
This article was originally published on SalvoMag.
- Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse
CNN parrots the most absurd positions of the transgender movement. We should start calling it the PCNN, Politically Correct News Network. And they can’t even keep their own PC terminology straight.
In a March 30 broadcast on South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem’s executive order on transgender males in women’s sports, the politically correct network editorialized:
“The order also references ‘biological sex,’ a disputed term that refers to the sex as listed on students’ original birth certificates.” In the same broadcast, the network claimed, “It’s not possible to know a person’s identity at birth, and there is no consensus criteria for assigning sex at birth.”
Following substantial backlash, CNN updated the story to “provide additional explanation as to the distinctions between gender and sex.” Their story now states, “It's not possible to know a person's gender identity at birth, and for some people, the sex listed on their original birth certificate is a misleading way of describing the body they have.”
The Gender Theorists have inflicted this new terminology on all of us. The least they can do is to apply it consistently. After all, the term “sex” refers to the body. The Sexual Revolutionaries invented the distinction between “sex” and “gender” to undermine the stability of male roles and female roles. “Gender” is the term they use to describe the complex of social roles, personal preferences, feelings and identity. The Revolutionaries maintain that sex roles are socially constructed and can be reconstructed. This distinction allowed them to pursue their agenda of eliminating everything based on male-female differences, without having to maintain that the body is completely irrelevant. They’re saying: “All we want to do is provide more flexibility in gender roles. We accept that male and female bodies are different.”
But now the mask is slipping. They can’t keep their story straight. There absolutely is a criterion for “assigning sex at birth”: DNA, which is almost always immediately obvious from secondary sex characteristics. Of course, we can’t know a person’s “identity” at birth, if that term includes everything they are ever going to think or feel. But that complex of feelings is not relevant to which sports teams a person should play on. The body is the only relevant consideration for that purpose.
CNN’s attempt at clarification did not help. CNN’s statement that “the sex listed on their original birth certificate is a misleading way of describing the body they have,” is absurd. The sex of the body has not changed. The individual has changed their “gender identity,” not the sex of their bodies.
It’s just more of CNN being CNN. In a story last August on screenings for cervical cancer, instead of “women,” it used the expression “individuals with a cervix.” Increasingly, doctrinaire outlets like CNN, try to avoid saying “men” and “women” which are thought to exclude so-called transsexuals.
CNN’s newscasts should come with a warning label: “No News Ahead. Propaganda Only. Some viewers may find the following broadcast upsetting.”
Bias like this is one reason we at the Ruth Institute recently launched our Transgender Resource Center with research, media and other resources to fight the transgender ideology which permeates our society.
Posted on: Thursday, January 07, 2021
The Department of Insurance, led by openly homosexual Ricardo Lara, reclassified normal breasts as ‘abnormal structures of the body caused by congenital defects.’
This article, which quotes Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, was written by Doug Mainwaring and posted January 6, 2021, at Life News.
SACRAMENTO, California, January 6, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — California’s Department of Insurance has signaled it will now require health insurance companies operating in the state to cover double mastectomies for gender dysphoric teenage girls. The government agency asserted the removal of their breasts is no longer considered “cosmetic” surgery but is instead required “reconstructive” surgery of “abnormal structures of the body caused by congenital defects.”
In other words, the healthy breasts of confused teenage girls are deemed “abnormal structures” and “congenital defects” if that girl decides she is a boy. The state of California now equates breasts on gender dysphoric young girls with other medical conditions such as cancer or trauma.
The move by the commissioner’s office was triggered by an inquiry from San Diego’s TransFamily Support Services regarding past denials of coverage for “male chest surgery for patients under 18 years old who are transitioning from female to male.”
“For far too long, individuals diagnosed with gender dysphoria have had to battle a host of challenges to get access to gender-affirming care in order to be their true selves,” said Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara in a statement, responding to the transgender activist organization.
Lara blamed “[s]ocial stigma, misconceptions about gender dysphoria and its treatment, and outdated medical criteria,” which he insisted without exception are “barriers to necessary medical care that can lead to tragic results for individuals with gender dysphoria, especially for our transgender youth.”Lara himself is openly homosexual.
At Lara’s urging, the Insurance Department’s General Counsel issued an Opinion Letter stating that “denying coverage for mastectomy and reconstruction of a male chest based solely on age is impermissible under state laws requiring coverage of reconstructive surgery.”
Brandon Showalter, a journalist who in recent years has emerged as an expert on the tragic medical mutilation of healthy young bodies enabled by the cult of transgenderism, called the procedure “breast amputation surgery.”
The change in language is an “unethical, predatory, and despicable attempt to even more viciously abuse children via gender ideology,” Maria Keffler, co-founder of the recently-formed Partners for Ethical Care, told Showalter on Monday.
“By circumventing parental consent in order to medicalize children without any minimum age restriction, the California Department of Insurance, whose very letterhead claims to ‘Protect, Prevent, and Preserve’, does exactly the opposite,” said Keffler.
“The active promotion of transgenderism has resulted in massive uncontrolled and unconsented experimentation upon children and adolescents,” Dr. Michelle Cretella, MD, FCP, president of the American College of Pediatricians told LifeSiteNews previously. “This is child abuse.”
“Transgenderism is a psychological disorder, not a biological one,” said Cretella.
“The commissioner is requiring insurance companies to pay surgeons to remove the healthy breasts of emotionally distraught girls and women and implying it is ‘necessary treatment’ — yet we already have multiple studies demonstrating that mutilation does not treat gender dysphoria,” Cretella told PJ Media’s Tyler O’Neil.
“The insurance companies, no doubt, would prefer not to pay for expensive, unnecessary surgery. And now the Insurance Commission, which is a relatively obscure agency of the state, is acting at the behest of activists, putting pressure on insurance companies.”
Roback Morse told LifeSiteNews that she wondered if the California Insurance Commission will apply the same amount of pressure to health insurance providers to cover surgery costs when these same patients choose to revert to their biological sex in the future.
Read the full article here.
Posted on: Monday, December 07, 2020
by Rodney Pelletier
This article, which quotes Dr. Morse, was posted at ChurchMilitant.com on December 4, 2020.
LONDON - So-called transgender children must get a court order for puberty blockers, according to a new British judicial ruling.
On Tuesday, a three-judge panel on the U.K. High Court called into question "whether a child under 16 or a young person between 16 and 18 can give the requisite consent" for puberty-suppressing drugs and directed that children must obtain a court order.
The court determined the U.K.'s National Health Service does not go far enough to establish whether a child seeking to transition understands the:
Keira Bell, one of two claimants in the case, was given puberty-blocking drugs at 16 years old and underwent a double mastectomy at 20. Now at 23, she's regretting her so-called transition.
She told a group of reporters outside the court, "I wish (the judgment) had been made before I embarked on the devastating experiment of puberty blockers. My life would be very different today."
Founder and president of the pro-family organization the Ruth Institute, Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, commented to Church Militant:
I applaud Keira Bell for her courage and persistence in making her case. Her (mis)treatment by the medical establishment is truly tragic. This ruling by a U.K. High Court makes it less likely that young people will be railroaded into irreversible treatments that harm rather than help them. I hope this ruling will have ripple effects on this side of the pond as well.
The lawyer for the other claimant, the mother of a 15-year-old girl with autism, testified: "A child still going through puberty is not capable of properly understanding the nature and effect of (puberty blockers) and weighing the consequences and side effects properly."
Posted on: Thursday, December 03, 2020
“The most depressing thing about actress Ellen Page’s announcement that she has ‘come out as transgender’ is the way the media fawns over her,” said Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D., founder and president of the Ruth Institute.
“Since Page’s announcement that she is now a man named ‘Elliot,’ media outlets have been scrupulous about changing feminine pronouns to masculine pronouns. Page has a problem, and instead of trying to help her, the culture is eager to accommodate her,” Morse observed.
She added: “The ‘X-Men’ actress announced that she ‘finally feels free to finally love who I am enough to pursue my authentic self.’ But wherein does that authenticity lie? Page was born a woman and will remain a woman until the day she dies, regardless of what she chooses to call herself or do with her body.
“People are born men or women, not gay or transgendered or one of the myriad genders created by activists,” Morse said. “Reality can’t be altered by changing pronouns.
“Going along with a fantasy isn’t helpful or healing – in fact, quite the opposite. Page has certain notions which are, quite frankly, opposed to reality. Who knows what trauma led her to embrace this illusion – that she is a he called Elliott. But enabling her only keeps her from getting the help she needs.
“It’s the Emperor’s New Clothes with a gender twist. It’s also the latest milestone in the Sexual Revolution, which started with the lie that you can have sex without consequences. It then evolved into the lie that you can change your gender with a simple declaration, and that those who refuse to go along with the fantasy are hateful bigots ruining the lives of those who want what they can never have.”
To schedule an interview with Dr. Morse, contact email@example.com.
Posted on: Tuesday, September 01, 2020
“We’re pleased that the American Journal of Psychiatry has issued a rare public correction of serious errors in a study promoting so-called gender-reassignment surgery it published last October,” said Rev. Paul Sullins, Ph.D., Ruth Institute Senior Research Associate.
“The Journal now acknowledges that, contrary to what was reported earlier, the study does not show that those undergoing such surgery had improved mental health. Specifically, it does not show that these patients were less likely to suffer from mood-anxiety disorders, based on reports of fewer hospitalizations or less use of prescription drugs,” Dr. Sullins explained.
“The authors of the study sought to generate (in their words) support for policies that ensure coverage of gender-affirming treatments,” ignoring many elements of the data that invalidated this conclusion. In fact, an earlier, more rigorous, study of the same data had shown that the risk of suicide following sex reassignment surgery was over 10 times that of the general population. Seven groups of scholars noticed the discrepancy and wrote critical letters to the journal pointing out the bias and weaknesses of the newer study. The corrected conclusion of the study was the opposite of what was initially reported.”
For what’s called the Transgender movement, science is frequently distorted in the service of ideology. The results can be catastrophic for individuals and their families.
Pre-teen patients are often subjected to treatment to get them to assume the physical characteristics of the opposite sex. Dr. Sullins charged: “Instead of helping them to feel comfortable with the bodies they have, those suffering from gender dystopia are treated with hormones and surgery to get them to resemble the bodies they do not have.”
“Based on multiple scholarly complaints, the Journal had the integrity to reexamine the study and issue a correction,” Sullins remarked. “We wish everyone dealing with these studies showed the same willingness to view the matter objectively and admit mistakes.”
Fr. Paul Sullins, Ph.D., retired Professor of Sociology at Catholic University of America, is Senior Research Associate of the Ruth Institute and the author of two Ruth Institute reports on the relationship of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church and homosexual priests. Find the first report here and the second one here.
Sullins spoke at the Institute’s 2020 Summit for Survivors of the Sexual Revolution (July 17-18) on “Social Science Evidence About the Sexual Revolution.”To schedule an interview with Dr. Sullins, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted on: Wednesday, August 12, 2020
by Ben Broussard
This article was first published August 6, 2020, at tfpla.org.
All attendees were eager to share strategies and network with other activists.
Summit topics included abortion, pornography and transgenderism. Participants heard the testimony of former homosexuals, mothers opposing the ‘transitioning’ of their children and parents working against radical sex education.
Dr. Michelle Cretella, head of the American College of Pediatricians, discussed at length about the medical consequences of transgenderism. Sue Ellen Browder, former writer for Cosmopolitan magazine, gave insights about how major media promote promiscuity and impurity.
Members of TFP—Louisiana shared their own stories about fighting back against the Drag Queen Story Hour held at public libraries. During the concluding activist panel, Thomas Drake, president of TFP Louisiana, presented a new video showcasing the TFP’s efforts fighting back against this effort to ruin children’s innocence. Those present gave the video a standing ovation.
Members of TFP with those on the Summit Activist panel. Front row right to left; Thomas Drake (TFP), Activist of the year Cathy Ruse, Dr. Jennifer Morse (Founder and President of the Ruth Institute), Mrs. Tracy Shannon (Mass Resistance, Houston)
The summit presenters highlighted a common theme: the Church was right all along in insisting on chastity. May all Americans of good will heed the call to promote and defend this truth for the healing of America.
Posted on: Tuesday, August 04, 2020
“I don’t know whether to laugh or cry,” said Ruth Institute President Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D., regarding CNN using the expression “individuals with a cervix” instead of women, in a story about screenings for cervical cancer.
“We have come to expect this kind of nonsense from CNN. It’s no wonder CNN is at the bottom of the cable-news heap, with roughly half the viewership of FOX News.”
Morse continued, “I was really disappointed to see that the CNN story was a direct report from the American Cancer Society’s premier journal. The medical profession, including venerable organizations like the American Cancer Society, has gone all-in for the Sexual Revolution.”
“Increasingly, the Ruling Class and the Beautiful People of society avoid saying ‘man’ and ‘woman,’ to avoid offending men who say they are women,” said Morse. “In May, a UN official said we need to make language more ‘gender-neutral’ by avoiding words like ‘husband’ and ‘wife,’” she explained.
Morse urged: “CNN and the American Cancer Society need to get a grip on reality. There are two, and only two, sexes – male and female. A man doesn’t become a woman by wanting to be one, or by mutilating his body with hormones and surgery, none of which alters his DNA.”
Morse continued: “Only women can get cervical cancer, because only a woman has a cervix. Why is that so hard to understand? For decades progressives have claimed to be empowering women. Now they are erasing them and pretending that male and female are ‘social constructs.’ The Sexual Revolution was never really about empowering women.”
“There seems to be no end to CNN’s language-manipulation. Instead of saying ‘baby,’ it once used the expression ‘a fetus that was born,’ referring to protections for infants that survive an abortion,” Morse said.
“Just because CNN ‘self-identifies’ as a news channel doesn’t make it one.”
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 email@example.com.
Posted on: Tuesday, July 28, 2020
Commenting on the tragic death of University of North Carolina Professor Mike Adams, Ruth Institute President Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D., said, “Mike was a constant irritant to the cultural ruling class. The Academic Establishment hates being challenged, especially by someone truthful and funny.”
Professor Adams, a 27-year teaching veteran, was found dead in his home, apparently of a gunshot wound. He was a tenured professor of sociology and criminology at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, and an author, public speaker and frequent contributor to conservative publications.
“His uncompromising opposition to abortion, feminism, LGBTQ activism and the trans movement made him a regular target of the Establishment,” Morse observed. “He made them look ridiculous, which joyless ideologues simply cannot abide.”
“Reporting on his death, the media describe Adams’ tweets as ‘controversial’ and ‘provocative.’ However, they never disproved the truth underlying his humor,” Morse added.
Among Adams’ tweets was: “The violent outrage of white liberals taking to the streets is brought to you by your local university. None of this would be possible without the encouragement of academic extremists who have hijacked the system of higher education.”
“Can any serious person deny this?” Morse said.
Speaking of the COVID shutdown, Adams wrote: “Presently a woman can get her baby cut out of the womb in North Carolina. But she cannot go to a salon to get her hair cut.”
Morse noted: “North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper is on record supporting infanticide. So which part of Mike’s statement is untrue?”
One of Adam’s media critics wrote: “He called trans people mentally ill and asserted that any doctor willing to help with gender-reassignment surgery should be charged with mutilating a mentally ill person.”
Morse responded: “Anyone who thinks it’s normal for a man to have his penis cut off or a woman to have healthy breasts removed needs a serious reality check.”
The university forced Adams, 55, into early retirement. In recent weeks, friends said he was “under a lot of stress.”
“No kidding,” said Morse. “The stress came from his persecution. In any other context, this would be called workplace harassment.”
Morse concluded: “The academic totalitarians took another conservative scalp. A brave man has left us too soon. An eloquent voice has been stilled.
Professor Mike Adams, rest in peace.”