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Study Corrected: Transgender Hormones and Surgeries Offer No Mental Health Benefits
Study Corrected: Transgender Hormones and Surgeries Offer No Mental Health Benefits
Breitbart, September 15, 2020
An article at the Public Discourse by family physician Dr. Andre Van Mol of the American College of Pediatricians, endocrinologist Dr. Michael Laidlaw, and psychiatrists Dr. Miriam Grossman and Dr. Paul McHugh noted the authors of the original study retracted its conclusion after numerous requests for a reanalysis of the data led to the corrected findings.
Trevor Noah: Gender reveal parties should only happen when kids know 'their actual gender'
Trevor Noah: Gender reveal parties should only happen when kids know 'their actual gender'
FOX News, September 12, 2020
The American College of Pediatricians has condemned treatments like puberty blockers for children and called on the surgeon general last summer to investigate those types of treatments.
'Lack of scientific evidence' undermines study on trans surgery
'Lack of scientific evidence' undermines study on trans surgery
OneNewsNow, September 10, 2020
Dr. Quentin Van Meter, president of the American College of Pediatricians, explains that the study had some deficiencies. "People who reviewed that article critically came up with some really significant shortcomings in data analysis and pointed them out," he tells OneNewsNow.
Pediatric group condemns California bill to soften penalties for sex offenders against minors
Pediatric group condemns California bill to soften penalties for sex offenders against minors
Lifesite, September 11, 2020
The American College of Pediatricians contends Senate Bill 145 'strains the bounds of common sense that any legislator would allow to pass ... into law.'
Is Transitioning Helpful? What Happened When the Study Was Scrutinized?
Is Transitioning Helpful? What Happened When the Study Was Scrutinized?
Ruth Institute, August 28, 2020
André Van Mol, MD is a board-certified family physician in California. He serves on the board of Moral Revolution, and is the co-chair of the American College of Pediatricians’ Committee on Adolescent Sexuality.
AJP Issues Correction: No Mental Health Gain from Gender-Affirming Surgery
AJP Issues Correction: No Mental Health Gain from Gender-Affirming Surgery
CMDA, August 27, 2020
The American Journal of Psychiatry (AJP) printed a rare and important correction this month. A study claiming to be the “first total population study of transgender individuals with a gender incongruence diagnosis” was published in the October 2019 AJP titled “Reduction in mental health treatment utilization among transgender individuals after gender-affirming surgeries: a total population study.”
Why rushing a COVID vaccine will likely fail to provide a safe and effective immunity
Why rushing a COVID vaccine will likely fail to provide a safe and effective immunity
Lifesite, August 26, 2020
Trump’s ‘Operation Warp Speed’ supported vaccines have a likelihood of failure to provide safe, effective, and long-term immunity against COVID-19 and future novel coronaviruses
Trump admin asks Supreme Court to restore ban on at-home use of abortion pills
Trump admin asks Supreme Court to restore ban on at-home use of abortion pills
Lifesite, August 26, 2020
a coalition of pro-life groups, including Live Action, Samaritan's Purse, the Susan B. Anthony List, Heritage Action, The American College of Pediatricians, AAPLOG, and more have sent an open letter to FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn to ban the abortion pill outright.
Pediatricians Condemn Netflix for Sexualizing Young Girls in “Cuties” Documentary
Pediatricians Condemn Netflix for Sexualizing Young Girls in “Cuties” Documentary
Caffeinated Thoughts, August 21, 2020
The American College of Pediatricians calls out Netflix for allowing such a film on their platform and demands its immediate removal.
Doctors stand up to transgender ideology
Doctors stand up to transgender ideology
World News, August 20, 2020
[ACPeds member], André Van Mol, a family physician in Redding, Calif., said he watched as pressure to embrace transgender ideology in medicine “came up like a snowstorm seemingly out of nowhere, just in the past few years.” Endocrinologists, pediatricians, and other specialists suddenly found professional organizations supporting gender reassignment, while the federal government demanded that the U.S. healthcare system provide and pay for it.
Transgender ‘Equity’ Bill Could Fund Treatments Known to Cause Sterility in Children
Transgender ‘Equity’ Bill Could Fund Treatments Known to Cause Sterility in Children
Breitbart, August 20, 2020
A California Senate committee approved, 7-1, last week, a bill that would establish an “equity” fund that could be used for transgender medical interventions and surgeries, many of which are known to cause sterility in children.
Transgender Surgery Does Not Improve Mental Health, Academics Belatedly Admit
Transgender Surgery Does Not Improve Mental Health, Academics Belatedly Admit
PJ Media, August 11, 2020
Dr. Andre Van Mol, adolescent sexuality committee co-chair at the American College of Pediatricians (not to be confused with the pro-transgender American Academy of Pediatricians), served as lead author on one of six letters to the editor of AJP critical of the study’s methods and findings.
Parents, Beware: The Global Assault on the Health and Innocence of Children
Parents, Beware: The Global Assault on the Health and Innocence of Children
The Daily Signal, August 10, 2020
“I am deeply concerned about Comprehensive Sexuality Education, or CSE, for four reasons,” says Dr. Michelle Cretella, executive director of the American College of Pediatricians, in the documentary “The War on Children: The Comprehensive Sexuality Education Agenda.”

Pediatric Endocrinologist Fights Against Harmful Trans Ideology
Pediatric Endocrinologist Fights Against Harmful Trans Ideology
Erin Brewer, August 7, 2020
Dr. Quentin L. Van Meter, President of ACPeds, shares his expertise as he reviews the medicine and science of the transgender ideology. He convincingly shows that there is no justification for medical interventions to treat gender dysphoric children.
Psychiatry Journal Retracts Findings about Sex-Reassignments
Psychiatry Journal Retracts Findings about Sex-Reassignments
One American News Network, August 7, 2020
ACPeds member, Dr. Andre Van Mol, on the American Journal of Psychiatry's "Correction" of the Branstrom and Pachankis study.
This Doctor Knows Best! Truth About Puberty Blockers and Cross-Sex Hormones
This Doctor Knows Best! Truth About Puberty Blockers and Cross-Sex Hormones
Erin Brewer, August 3, 2020
Thankful for doctors like Michelle Cretella for providing accurate information about the harms of puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones.
WATCH: Pressed By Rep. Gaetz, Jeff Bezos Admits Southern Poverty Law Center Flawed, Wants Better Source For Amazon
WATCH: Pressed By Rep. Gaetz, Jeff Bezos Admits Southern Poverty Law Center Flawed, Wants Better Source For Amazon
Daily Wire, August 1, 2020
On Wednesday, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) pressed billionaire Jeff Bezos, CEO and founder of Amazon and owner of The Washington Post, about AmazonSmile’s reliance on left-wing Southern Poverty Law Center and their “hate group” lists.
Medical associations, pro-life groups to FDA: Ban the abortion pill now
Medical associations, pro-life groups to FDA: Ban the abortion pill now
LifeSite News, July 31, 2020
"There are no benefits to mifepristone. The ‘successful’ outcome of mifepristone ingestion is a dead child, and the possible side-effects are an injured or dead woman," commented Live Action's Lila Rose.
Parents must protect their children from Netflix’s transgender indoctrination
Parents must protect their children from Netflix’s transgender indoctrination
LifeSite News, July 31, 2020
Netflix defends its pro-transgender agenda by saying, 'The Baby-Sitter’s Club is a smart, sweet, and self-aware update of a beloved book series about preteen BFFs who start a childcare service.'
Calif. senate committee kills bill to fund trans hormones, breast and genital amputation for minors
Calif. senate committee kills bill to fund trans hormones, breast and genital amputation for minors
Christian Post, July 29, 2020
A California bill that would have given millions in state funds to pay for experimental medications and surgical procedures for gender-transitioning both teenagers and adults has been killed in committee Tuesday.
Pro-life groups ask FDA to pull “dangerous” abortion pill, declare it a public health hazard
Pro-life groups ask FDA to pull “dangerous” abortion pill, declare it a public health hazard
Pregnancy Help News, July 29, 2020
Leaders from more than 20 pro-life, Christian and conservative organizations wrote to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this week urging removal of the abortion pill from the U.S. market.

Live Action leads pro-life coalition asking FDA to remove dangerous abortion pill from market
Live Action leads pro-life coalition asking FDA to remove dangerous abortion pill from market
Live Action News, July 28, 2020
Live Action and a coalition of pro-life groups sent a letter to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) calling on Commissioner Stephen Hahn to remove abortion pill Mifeprex (mifepristone) and its approved generics from the U.S. market.
FDA appeals ruling forcing gov’t to let abortionists send out pills via webcam
FDA appeals ruling forcing gov’t to let abortionists send out pills via webcam
Lifesite News, July 28, 2020
The Food & Drug Administration is challenging the argument that abortion drugs are safe without counseling and necessary during the pandemic.
Is the coronavirus vaccine made from fetal cell lines?
Is the coronavirus vaccine made from fetal cell lines?
Catholic News Agency, July 28, 2020
As coronavirus vaccine prototypes move closer to testing and approval, some Catholics are debating the ethical sources behind a leading vaccine candidate.
Pro-Life Leaders Ask FDA to Remove 'Highly Dangerous' Abortion Pill from the Market
Pro-Life Leaders Ask FDA to Remove 'Highly Dangerous' Abortion Pill from the Market
National Review, July 28, 2020
ACPeds joins more than 20 leaders from conservative and pro-life organizations asking the Food and Drug Administration to remove the chemical-abortion drug mifepristone from the market that is highly dangerous for women.
Summit for Survivors of the Sexual Revolution
Summit for Survivors of the Sexual Revolution
National Catholic Register, July 25, 2020
The Ruth Institute’s conference explores the tragic effects of an “anything goes” culture, featuring ACPeds Executive Director, Michelle Cretella, on the "Medical Tragedies of the Sexual Revolution".
SCOTUS Won’t Hold Abortion Clinics to Same Medical Standard as Normal Surgery Centers
SCOTUS Won’t Hold Abortion Clinics to Same Medical Standard as Normal Surgery Centers
CNS News, June 30, 2020
The American College of Pediatricians, which had joined with the American Association of Medical Ethics in filing an amicus curiae brief in support of the Louisiana law, pointed to the dangers of elective abortion in comparison to the continuation of childbirth in their brief.
Tech Companies Silence Pro-Child Voices
Tech Companies Silence Pro-Child Voices
World News, June 26, 2020
YouTube, which is owned by Google, previously blocked another Heritage Foundation video featuring Dr. Michelle Cretella, executive director of the American College of Pediatricians. During a June 2017 event, Cretella criticized the practice of cutting off healthy body parts in the name of transgenderism.
YouTube Removes Video of Former Transgender
YouTube Removes Video of Former Transgender
Church Millitant, June 24, 2020
The American College of Pediatricians (ACP) states on its website: "When [gender dysphoria (GD)] occurs in the pre-pubertal child, GD resolves in the vast majority of patients by late adolescence. Currently, there is a vigorous, albeit suppressed, debate among physicians, therapists and academics regarding what is fast becoming the new treatment standard for GD in children."
Amazon’s Foolish Collaboration with the Southern Poverty Law Center
Amazon’s Foolish Collaboration with the Southern Poverty Law Center
National Review, June 24, 2020
The only shortcoming of this otherwise laudable venture is that Amazon have outsourced the decision-making process for which nonprofits are eligible for Smile to the extremely dubious Southern Poverty Law Center.
Amazon Blocks Conservative Family Research Council from ‘Smile’ Charity Program
Amazon Blocks Conservative Family Research Council from ‘Smile’ Charity Program
Breitbart, June 22, 2020
E-commerce giant Amazon has blocked Family Research Council (FRC), a Christian conservative nonprofit, from receiving charitable contributions through its AmazonSmile program. Amazon blocked the FRC based on the left-wing Southern Poverty Law Center falsely labeling it as a hate group.
Responding to the Coronavirus Crisis and Building a Stronger Health Sector for the Future
Responding to the Coronavirus Crisis and Building a Stronger Health Sector for the Future
The Heritage Foundation, June 18, 2020
An open letter to the American people from 74 participants in the Health Policy Consensus Group and other health care leaders. Please see the full list of signatories at the end of this letter.
J.K. Rowling slammed for defending concept of biological sex: 'It isn't hate to speak the truth'
J.K. Rowling slammed for defending concept of biological sex: 'It isn't hate to speak the truth'
FOX News, June 7, 2020
"The American College of Pediatricians has similarly condemned treatments like puberty blockers for children. Last summer, the group called on the surgeon general to investigate those types of treatments."
Britain's National Health Service Changes Guidance about Puberty Blockers for Gender-Confused Children
Britain's National Health Service Changes Guidance about Puberty Blockers for Gender-Confused Children
The Daily Citizen, June 5, 2020
"Dr. Michele Cretella is Executive Director of the American College of Pediatricians (ACPeds). Her organization advocates against giving children off-label experimental drugs...which were not developed for gender confused children...Dr. Cretella told us: “Puberty is not a disease. Puberty is a critical and natural developmental phase that can be life-saving for gender incongruent youth.”
Fearing for your children during pandemic? You are not alone
Fearing for your children during pandemic? You are not alone" One News Now
One News Now, June 2, 2020
"I myself have had parents call me concerned about the effects that the extreme social isolation has had on some of their kids with either special needs or mental illness," says Dr. Michelle Cretella. All of us are hardwired to connect, adds Cretella, with the need to gather with extended family and friends.

The American College of Pediatricians (ACPeds) is often cited in the media for its stand. With the understanding that the ACPeds may not always be accurately quoted, these unedited articles offer the reader exposure to various debates on issues affecting the child and the family.

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