Teenage Detransitioner To Congress: I Lost Part of Future Womanhood Due to “Medical Scandal” Peddled by Planned Parenthood & Others
There is a cultural war on children today. Our society both kills them in the womb and sterilizes them at a young age through “gender-affirming care” — and what you may not realize is that Planned Parenthood is at the forefront of both issues. The abortion giant is also the second largest distributor of “hormone therapy” drugs yet we know that the word “therapy” would be better substituted with the word “abuse.” Just ask a survivor of this medical trauma, like Chloe Cole.
The 19-year-old recently spoke at a congressional hearing entitled “The Dangers and Due Process Violations of ‘Gender-Affirming Care’ for Children” which Students for Life Action attended, and we found her testimony so powerful that we’ve printed it below. You can also watch it HERE.
“My name is Chloe Cole, and I am a detransitioner. Another way to put that would be that I used to believe that I was born in the wrong body. And the adults in my life, whom I trusted, affirmed my belief, and this caused me lifelong, irreversible harm.
“I speak to you today as a victim of one of the biggest medical scandals in the history of the United States of America. I speak to you in the hope that you will have the courage to bring the scandal to an end and ensure that other vulnerable teenagers, children and young adults, don’t go through what I went through.
“At the age of 12, I began to experience what my medical team would later diagnose as gender dysphoria. I was well into an early puberty, and I was very uncomfortable with the changes that were happening to my body. I was intimidated by male attention, and when I told my parents that I felt like a boy, in retrospect, all I meant was that I hated puberty. That I wanted this newfound sexual tension to go away; that I looked up to my brothers a little bit more than I did my sisters.
“I came out as transgender in a letter I set on the dining room table. My parents were immediately concerned. They felt like they needed to get outside help from medical professionals, but this proved to be a mistake. It immediately set our family down a path of ideologically motivated deceit and coercion.
“The gender specialist I was taken to see told my parents I needed to be put on puberty-blocking drugs right away. They asked my parents a simple question ‘Would you rather have a dead daughter or a living transgender son?’ The choice was enough for my parents to let their guard down. And in retrospect, I can’t blame them. This is the moment that we all became victims of so-called gender-affirming care.
“I was fast-tracked onto puberty blockers and then testosterone. The resulting menopausal-like hot flashes made focusing on school impossible. I still get joint pains and weird pops in my back, but there were far worse when I was on the blockers.
“A month later, when I was 13, I had my first testosterone injection. It’s caused permanent changes to my body. My voice will forever be deeper, my jawline sharper, my nose longer. My bone structure permanently masculinized. My Adam’s apple more prominent. My fertility unknown. I look in the mirror sometimes, and I feel like a monster.
“I had a double mastectomy at 15. They tested my amputated breasts for cancer. I was cancer free, of course. I was perfectly healthy. There was nothing wrong with my still developing body or my breasts, other than as an insecure developing teenage girl, I felt awkward about it. After my breasts were taken away from me, the tissue was incinerated.
“Before I was able to legally drive, I had a huge part of my future womanhood taken from me. I will never be able to breastfeed. I struggle to look at myself in the mirror at times. I still struggle to this day with sexual dysfunction, and I have massive scars across my chest. The skin grafts that they used, that they took from my nipples, are weeping fluid today. They were grafted into a more masculine positioning they said.
“After surgery, my grades in school plummeted. Everything that I went through did nothing to address my underlying mental health issues that I had, and my doctors with their theories on gender thought that all my problems would go away as soon as I was surgically transformed into something that vaguely resembled a boy. Their theories were wrong. The drugs and surgeries changed my body, but they did not and could not change the basic reality that I am and forever will be a female.
“When my specialist first told my parents that they could have a dead daughter or a live transgender son, I wasn’t suicidal. I was a happy child who struggled because she was different. However, at 16, after my surgery, I did become suicidal. I’m doing better now. But my parents almost got the dead daughter promised to them by my doctors. My doctors had almost created the very nightmare they said they were trying to avoid.
“So what message do I want to bring to American teenagers and their families? I didn’t need to be lied to. I needed compassion. I needed to be loved. I need to be getting therapy to help me work through my issues. Not affirmed to my delusion that by transforming into a boy, it would solve all my problems.
“We need to stop telling 12-year-olds that they were born wrong, that they are right to reject their own bodies and feel uncomfortable with their own skin. We need to stop telling children that puberty is an option. That they can choose what kind of puberty they will go through just they can choose what clothes to wear or music to listen to. Puberty is a rite of passage to adulthood, not a disease to be mitigated.
“Today, I should be at home with my family, celebrating my 19th birthday, and instead I’m making a desperate plea to my elected representatives learn the lessons from other medical scandals like the opioid crisis to recognize that doctors are human too. And sometimes they are wrong.
“My childhood was ruined, along with thousands of detransitioners that I know through our networks. This needs to stop. You alone can stop it. Enough children have already been victimized by this barbaric pseudoscience. Please let me be your final warning.”
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