While some in the U.S. health community continue to claim that gender-transition procedures save lives, a new study shows that these surgeries increase the risk of suicide.

A study published last month entitled “Risk of Suicide and Self-Harm Following Gender-Affirmation Surgery” evaluated patient data from nearly 60 U.S. health care organizations, comprising millions of patients.

Over 1,500 patients, called “Cohort A,” were described as “adults aged 18-60 who had gender-affirming surgery and an emergency visit”; nearly 16 million patients, called “Cohort B,” who were a “control group of adults with emergency visits but no gender-affirming surgery.”

Almost 150,000 patients, “Cohort C,” were described as “adults with emergency visits, tubal ligation or vasectomy, but no gender-affirming surgery.” A fourth group, “Cohort D,” was examined to “validate the results from Cohort C.”

Data analyzed covered 20 years, from Feb. 4, 2003, to Feb. 4, 2023. The study concluded: “Individuals who underwent gender-affirming surgery had a 12.12-fold higher suicide attempt risk than those who did not.”

Those who had undergone gender-transition surgeries were nearly five times more likely to attempt suicide than those who had undergone tubal ligations or vasectomies, the study found. It warned: “Gender-affirming surgery is significantly associated with elevated suicide attempt risks, underlining the necessity for comprehensive post-procedure psychiatric support.”

The findings are in line with the conclusions of numerous other studies. For example, research published in the journal BMJ Mental Health earlier this year found that gender-transition procedures such as hormone drugs and surgeries have “not been shown to reduce even suicidal ideation, and suicidal ideation is not equal to actual suicide risk.”

And in Sweden, an extensive 30-year-long study concluded that suicide rates increase after gender-transition surgeries, rising to at least 20 times the suicide rate of the general population.

A report from the U.K. last year found that over a third of children who were prescribed puberty blockers and hormone drugs suffered worsened mental health. And a study from Finland discovered that those who identify as transgender typically manifest “many more common psychiatric needs” than the general population, but that gender-transition procedures don’t alleviate or cure those mental health issues.

Countless other studies have shown that gender-transition procedures are harmful, especially to children. A study published in March suggested that puberty blockers have numerous harmful effects on children, including an increased risk of cancer in boys.

As it turns out, transgenderism activists have been aware of the “debilitating” effects of gender-transition procedures for years. Leaked internal files from the World Professional Association for Transgender Health, or WPATH, demonstrated that members of the organization were acutely aware of the “debilitating” and “potentially fatal” effects of gender-transition procedures, which they also implied they didn’t “fully understand.”

This was further confirmed earlier this year with publication of a series of video presentations from WPATH’s 2022 Global Education Institute.

In those videos, WPATH “experts” discussed how they know little about the long-term effects of hormone drugs, other than the permanent damage done to fertility.

The organization’s experts also discussed how puberty blockers are irreversible and may have devastating impacts on both future fertility and current brain development; how gender-transition procedures don’t alleviate mental health issues and may make them worse; and the dangers associated with surgical interventions, including high complication rates, severe damage to healthy tissue, and potential side effects such as healing delays or necrosis.

Lately, experts outside the U.S. have sounded the alarm over the potential and largely unstudied dangers of gender-transition procedures, especially for children.

Both England and Scotland have halted the prescription of puberty blockers and hormone drugs to minors, with England’s National Health Service warning that “there is not enough evidence of safety and clinical effectiveness” to support their use.

Some leading clinical psychologists publicly apologized for their profession’s role in promoting “gender-affirming care” and called for a thorough review and possible reform of the psychological and psychiatric profession’s standards. And the NHS revised its official constitution to declare sex a “biological” reality, instead of giving preference to “gender identity.”

The U.K. is 1 of 5 European countries that have put the brakes on gender-transition procedures for minors. France, Sweden, Finland, and Norway all also warned that there is insufficient evidence to support puberty blockers, hormone drugs, and surgeries for children; the U.S. has become an “outlier” by continuing to endorse the practice.

Last year, Assistant Health and Human Services Secretary Rachel Levine, a man who identifies as a woman, declared: “We often say that gender-affirming care is health care, gender-affirming care is mental health care, and gender-affirming care is literally suicide prevention care.”

However, when pressed to provide evidence supporting the claim, Levine could produce only a single, two-page PDF document citing one study conducted by an LGBTQ activist group.

Originally published by The Washington Stand