Study Finds Significantly Higher Youth Suicide Rates Where Puberty Blockers Are Easily Accessible for Children

Gender-confused kids suffer an “abnormally high” suicide rate.

QUICK FACTS:
  • A new study found evidence that in states where puberty blockers and other “transgender-affirming” drugs were present, the instance of suicide in youth was significantly increased.
  • The study, conducted by Dr. Jay Greene, found that the rate of suicide among young people aged 12-23 is substantially higher with an additional 1.6 additional suicides per 100,000 young people.
  • When assessing states that allow minors access to gender reassignment treatment without parental consent, the increased suicide rate jumps to 3.5 additional self-inflicted deaths per 100.000 kids.
  • This increase is considered substantial, considering that the baseline for youth suicide every year is about 11.1 per 100,000 young people.
  • The data showed that the problem of youth suicides became massively worse when gender reassignment drugs became more easily accessible to kids.
  • Prior to 2010, there was no definable difference between the youth suicide rate between the states that now allow access to transgender-affirming drugs and procedures and the rest of the nation.
GREENE’S FINDINGS IN PART:
  • “Lowering legal barriers to make it easier for minors to undergo cross-sex medical interventions without parental consent does not reduce suicide rates—in fact, it likely leads to higher rates of suicide among young people in states that adopt these changes.”
  • “It is clear that the presence of a state-level provision for minors to access health care without parental consent makes no difference in suicide rates among those ages 12 to 23 until about 2010, when the suicide rate begins to drift up in states with easier access.”
  • “In the past several years, the suicide rate among those ages 12 to 23 has become significantly higher in states that have a provision that allows minors to receive routine health care without parental consent than in states without such a provision. Before 2010, these two groups of states did not differ in their youth suicide rates. Starting in 2010, when puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones became widely available, elevated suicide rates in states where minors can more easily access those medical interventions became observable.”
BACKGROUND:
  • The Heritage Foundation’s study comes as lawmakers are pushing for more access to transgender-affirming treatments as a solution to suicide rates in kids with gender dysphoria.
  • Many of the treatments billed as “gender-affirming” are the same ones traditionally used to chemically castrate sex offenders and pedophiles.