Fasces wrote:Both should be allowed when deemed necessary by a medical professional, ideally with parental consent.
That may sound
reasonable, to someone who doesn't know anything about anything, but actually it's not so simple as that, in either case.
To understand why that is, you really need to understand more about both situations.
A lot of times doctors in the U.S. will claim the child "needs" a circumcision for a medical issue, but actually it really isn't true, the circumcision is not absolutely needed to deal with the medical issue.
For the transgender issue, well, as you can imagine it gets even more complicated. There's no real fool-proof way to determine whether that child "needs" it, most of the time. In the same exact situation, one doctor may think they need it in their opinion, while another doctor may not.
Of course, don't you think the parents are going to do doctor shopping to find the doctor who agrees with what they want to do? Even if that doctor's opinion is only 1 out of 100, and is not the majority view.
It's my opinion (well really just plain common sense, actually) that neither circumcision nor transgender hormones are ever ABSOLUTELY medically necessary
, the vast majority of time.
(And don't misunderstand, I'm not even claiming I oppose transgender hormones in all situations, just pointing out that the patient will not die or suffer ill physical health if they don't get it)