By Jonathon Van Maren
These numbers are just staggering: According to Sweden’s Board of Health and Welfare, there has been a 1,500% spike in diagnoses of gender dysphoria—girls believing they are boys—among teen girls between the ages of 13 and 17. According to the Guardian, this rise in numbers is a reflection of a shift in public opinion on transgenderism that has made many people more open to permitting young people to pursue “gender reassignment” surgery.
Critics say this spike has been enormously exacerbated by the fact that in 2018, under pressure from LGBT activists, Sweden’s government put forward a law that would eliminate the necessity for parental consent, reduce the minimum age for “sex change” surgeries from age 18 to age 15, and in some instances permit children even younger to transition. In response, some medical professionals—including one prestigious psychiatrist—warned that so-called gender reassignment surgery on children was, in essence, an experiment with unknown consequences.