Current talk show host and former comedian Jon Stewart defends medical professionals offering so-called “sex reassignment” or “gender affirmation” to children, comparing it to the treatment of “childhood cancer” and suggesting it saves lives.
On Friday, the Twitter account of Stewart’s show, The Problem With Jon Stewart, posted a six-minute video of Stewart having an argument interview with Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge, who alleges that she and those who have campaigned against such treatment of children — which may include cross-gender hormone injections, mastectomies, and even a hysterectomy or orchiectomy — are knowingly ignoring guidelines issued by prominent “medical Organizations” have been defined. and designed to keep children from harming themselves.
“Why would the state of Arkansas step in to overturn the parents, doctors, psychiatrists and endocrinologists who developed guidelines?” Stewart Rutledge asked. “Why would you override these guidelines?”
Stewart insisted that “the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Endocrine Society” have all fully endorsed transitional care, including surgery, as the appropriate treatment for children with gender dysphoria. He failed to mention that the AMA and other organizations have also called on the Justice Department to censor those who criticize transgender operations as spreading “misinformation.”
“What are your qualifications,” Stewart urged Rutledge, “to step in and say, ‘No [transgender treatment] protects you’?”
Rutledge countered that some data show that “98%” of children expressing gender dysphoria eventually outgrow the condition after receiving counseling and other non-medical interventions, but Stewart then suggested she was lying.
“Wow,” he replied. “…This is an incredibly fictional character.”
Stewart even compared transgender treatment for minors to “chemotherapy” in hopes of convincing Rutledge of his thinking.
“So if your kid has childhood cancer and the state comes in and says to you, ‘You’re recommending chemotherapy, but we’re not going to let you do that. You can not. We think you should get an opinion, and here’s the organization we think you should get an opinion from,'” Stewart hypothesized. “…Sounds like something you’d accept ?”
Rutledge called the comparison “extreme” and insisted that in life and death situations like cancer, if she ever received recommendations for her child that went against her beliefs, she would consult other medical experts.
“I have bad news for you,” Stewart replied. “Parents of children with gender dysphoria have lost children to suicide and depression. Because it’s acute.”
For her part, Rutledge stood firm that the Arkansas government had enacted the ban on transgender treatment in the best interest of children and that the state had many experts who had publicly testified that “irreversible” transgender treatment is not always recommended, particularly in the case of minors. She was not able to give Stewart the names of such experts or the organizations they represent, but said she could find those names from the public records and give them to him.
In 2021, Arkansas passed a total ban on transgender drugs and surgeries for anyone under the age of 18. However, the law was temporary suspended pending further legal review.
The new episode of The Problem With Jon Stewart interview is available on AppleTV+.
Stewart recently made headlines for apologizing for an allegedly transphobic joke he made years ago while he was still on The Daily Show. He’s calling now to kid “sh****” and “reductive”.
https://www.theblaze.com/news/video-jon-stewart-ardently-defends-transgender-care-for-children-compares-it-to-treating-pediatric-cancer Jon Stewart passionately defends transgender “care” for children, comparing it to the treatment of “childhood cancer.”