The United Kingdom's National Health Service is planning to offer sex-change treatment to children as young as 9, using a controversial drug that will block the onset of puberty.
Known as hypothalamic blockers, the drugs prevent the development of sexual organs so that less surgery is needed if the patient decides to change sex after reaching adolescence.
The treatment, aimed at youngsters who claim they feel trapped in the wrong body, has come under severe criticism, with Conservative MP Andrew Percy accusing the clinic offering the drug of "playing God."
Percy says, "I think many people will be horrified at the thought of a 9-year-old being provided with a drug that effectively stops them developing and maturing naturally."
Speaking on LBC Radio, Christian Concern's Andrew Marsh highlighted his reservations, saying, "It's tragic that children, perhaps as young as 9, are going to be confronted with a choice to take the first step on a journey that could have huge consequences on their lives. It is deeply irresponsible that children as young as 9 are at risk of ideologically driven experiments."
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