A prominent pediatrician is denouncing a study out of a Texas university that claims affirming an adolescent's gender confusion is best for the child.
University of Texas researchers released findings saying that by affirming the name a transgender student has chosen, instead of the name given them at birth, reduces suicide rates.
Laurie Higgins of the Illinois Family Institute points out that Pediatrician Michelle Cretella complained to LifeSiteNews.com that the research was deeply flawed.
"It's a very small sample. There's no long-term follow up," Higgins points out. "They didn't do random sampling, which is much better. They did what's called convenience sampling. So they go out to places where you can find these people, which means they're predisposed to answer in a certain way."
Despite the flaws, Higgins says LGBT activists are heralding the findings while vilifying Dr. Cretella.
"There was a recent event where she was speaking at a Catholic church and they protested her," Higgins recalls. "So now she can't speak freely even within the confines of a church."
Dr. Cretella warned that cooperating with a child's fantasy or delusion mutes the impact of significant underlying emotional problems associated with gender confusion.