Policy is character, too

Published June 27, 2024

WORLD Opinions

Rhetorical restraint is a virtue one must exercise when writing. There comes a time, however, when stories surface that test the limits of one’s restraint.

One such test is the revelation from The New York Times of the Biden administration’s attempt to remove the age restrictions at which children and teenagers can access “gender-affirming care.”

According to the story, fearful that age requirements would lend credibility to concerns about transgender medicine, the Biden administration pressured the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) to eliminate age minimums and succeeded in doing so. An internal battle at WPATH ensued, with even transgender-supporting clinicians raising concerns about dropping age requirements.

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EPPC Fellow Andrew T. Walker, Ph.D., researches and writes about the intersection of Christian ethics, public theology, and the moral principles that support civil society and sound government. A sought-after speaker and cultural commentator, Dr. Walker’s academic research interests and areas of expertise include natural law, human dignity, family stability, social conservatism, and church-state studies. The author or editor of more than ten books, he is passionate about helping Christians understand the moral demands of the gospel and their contributions to human flourishing and the common good. His most recent book, out in May 2021 from Brazos Press, is titled Liberty for All: Defending Everyone’s Religious Freedom in a Secular Age.

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