WARNING: Controversial topic ahead – avoid knee-jerking.
One would assume that a medical association that represents physicians who care for children would care about the rights of those who are the most innocent and without a voice, but that assumption would be wrong. In a press release on Thursday, the American Academy of Pediatrics affirmed its position that children have no right to a mother and a father.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) supports civil marriage for same-gender couples – as well as full adoption and foster care rights for all parents, regardless of sexual orientation – as the best way to guarantee benefits and security for their children.
The AAP policy statement, “Promoting the Well-Being of Children Whose Parents Are Gay or Lesbian,” and an accompanying technical report will be published in the April 2013 Pediatrics (published online March 21).
“Children thrive in families that are stable and that provide permanent security, and the way we do that is through marriage,” said Benjamin Siegel, MD, FAAP, chair of the AAP Committee on Psychosocial Aspects of Child and Family Health, and a co-author of the policy statement. “The AAP believes there should be equal opportunity for every couple to access the economic stability and federal supports provided to married couples to raise children.”
To support this questionable conclusion, they attest:
A great deal of scientific research documents (show) there is no cause-and-effect
relationship between parents’ sexual orientation and children’s well-being,
according to the AAP policy. In fact, many studies attest to the normal
development of children of same-gender couples when the child is wanted, the
parents have a commitment to shared parenting, and the parents have strong
social and economic support.
The statement in bold is an absolute falsehood. The technical paper they use to promote this has a bibliography filled with “research” done by very biased organizations such as:
The Family Equality Council
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Policy Institute
Journal of Gay and Lesbian Health
The Williams Institute – which is “dedicated to conducting rigorous, independent research on sexual orientation and gender identity law and public policy”
and “research” that uses the Journal of Homosexuality
On top of this biased, sloppy “research” is the fact that there is a very small sample size of stable same-sex guardian situations to gather information from.
The premise that children are resilient really isn’t the issue though. The issue is that children have an inherent right to a mother and a father. There is no shortage of traditional families who are looking to adopt and care for children. To ignore the right of an innocent and voiceless child and instead promote a PC concept based on shameful “research” is an indication as to how far our society has crumbled. Progressives have no problem creating new false rights but never seem to defend true rights. Shame on the American Academy of Pediatrics.
I encourage everyone to read a very intriguing post on this subject at The Public Discourse , an online publication from The Witherspoon Institute, written by a gay man who has been there and done that:
CNS also has an article today on this issue and news that the American College of Pediatrics (ACP) does not agree with the AAP:
The American College of Pediatrics (ACP) is also critical of the AAP and issued a statement on Thursday.
“The American College of Pediatricians reaffirms that the intact, functional family consisting of a married (female) mother and (male) father provides the best opportunity for children,” the statement said. “The College, therefore, disputes the American Academy of Pediatrics’ (AAP) claim that supporting same-sex unions promotes the “well-being of children.”
“The College does not support the alteration of this time-honored and proven standard to conform to pressures from ‘politically correct’ groups,” Dr. Den Trumbull, president of the ACP said. “No one concerned with the well-being of children can reasonably ignore the evidence for maintaining the current standard, nor can they or we ignore the equally strong evidence that harm to children can result if the current standards are rejected.”
The American College of Pediatrics article on this subject: