America's Culture War: In the News
The American College of Pediatricians and Homosexual Parenting
Brad Harrub, Ph.D.
Earlier this year, the American College of Pediatricians took a bold step. This national medical association of licensed physicians and healthcare professionals spoke out—strongly—against the idea of homosexual parenting. The concept they addressed concerned the argument that children reared by two individuals of the same sex are as well adjusted as children reared in families with a mother and a father. The pediatricians observed: “Policymakers, social scientists, the media, and even physician organizations, however, are now asserting that prohibitions on parenting by homosexual couples should be lifted” (See American College of..., 2004). At the conclusion of their position statement, however, they noted:
The environment in which children are reared is absolutely critical to their development. Given the current body of research, the American College of Pediatricians believes it is inappropriate, potentially hazardous to children, and dangerously irresponsible to change the age-old prohibition on homosexual parenting, whether by adoption, foster care, or by reproductive manipulation. This position is rooted in the best available science (2004, emp. added).
The ACP position statement is supported by no less than thirty-six references representing the very latest scientific studies. The ACP acknowledged: “...there is sound evidence that children exposed to the homosexual lifestyle may be at increased risk for emotional, mental, and even physical harm.” The pediatricians went on to document that children reared in homosexual households are more likely to experience sexual confusion, practice homosexual behavior, and engage in sexual experimentation.
This information comes hot on the heels of additional studies which document that homosexual partnerships are significantly more prone to dissolution than heterosexual marriages. Given these documented studies, how can anyone advocate that homosexual parenting is a responsible and beneficial choice for a child?
American College of Pediatricians, (2004), “Homosexual Parenting: Is It Time for Change?,” Position Statement, [On-line], URL: http://www.acpeds.org/index.cgi?cat=22&art=50&BISKIT=1407183102&CONTEXT=art.