A medical doctor says parents willing to let their child undergo treatment to change their gender should think carefully about the decision.
Pediatric endocrinologist Quintan Van Meter says children who are confused about their gender often shake off such feelings when puberty hits.
Some studies indicate as many as 98 percent will favor their born gender at puberty, he says.
What drives that, he says, is the normal hormones of puberty naturally occurring.
"And their perception of the world changes dramatically with the effect of puberty," says Van Meter, who operates an Atlanta clinic and is a spokesman for the Christian Medical Association.
Yet the Endocrinology Society has developed a 22-point standard of care for transgender children. The medical group is dominated by pro-transgender physicians, says the CMA spokesman.
Of those 22 recommendations, Van Meter says, only three could be determined to have anu scientific validity.
"Why one would want to stop the resolution of something that's going to resolve with time, and bodily function occurring normally," he says, "seems to be philosophically and ethically the wrong thing to do."