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Doctor Treating Pregnant Women with Drug to Prevent Lesbianism

Dan Savage has the jarring details:

New "Pediatric endocrinologist Maria New—of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and Florida International University—isn't just trying to prevent lesbianism by treating pregnant women with an experimental hormone. She's also trying to prevent the births of girls who display an 'abnormal' disinterest in babies, playing with girls' toys, becoming mothers, and whose 'career preferences' are deemed too 'masculine.' ... So no more Elena Kagans, no more Donna Shalalas, no more Constance McMillens, no more Martina Navratilovas—because all women everywhere need to grow up to suck dick, crank out babies, and stick to women's work. And the existence of adult women who are clearly not interested in 'becoming someone's wife' and 'making babies' constitutes a medical emergency that requires immediate intervention."

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  1. How cow! A female version of Dr. Rekers, and the same applies: physician, heal thyself.

    Posted by: Bad Humor Boy | Jun 30, 2010 6:58:30 AM

  2. If this news is true, then this "doctor" should be immediately disbarred. Exposing an unborn child to exogenous hormones with unknown side-effects, in order to prevent something that isn't a disease is just sickening. Somebody in the state, please report this crime immediately. It is sad how doctors quickly lose sight of the most important rule simply because of monetary gain and professional advancement.

    Primum non nocere.

    Posted by: Dev | Jun 30, 2010 7:07:27 AM

  3. To teach the bitch mother a lesson, I hope the baby is born with its' arms growing out of her head, and her face and butt-cheeks reversed.

    And then she can carry the fugly thing around like Trig Palin.

    Posted by: Scott | Jun 30, 2010 7:13:12 AM

  4. Dev:
    Remember -this witch doctor is practicing in the great state of Florida- enough said!
    No one is going to report it down there.
    Perhaps Miss Crist can go after her.

    Posted by: nick | Jun 30, 2010 7:28:18 AM

  5. If any of you would take the time to read the research and not Mr Savage's interpretation, you may see what this drug study is trying to prevent. Although I would not personally subject my unborn child to the risks of dex, I think with increased exposure to hormones through food, ect. may held with genital defects in newborns. Is Mr Savage qualified to paraphrase medical research? He should stick to advice on things he knows best.

    Posted by: NewEng | Jun 30, 2010 7:40:45 AM

  6. This from a female doctor that appears to have several chromosomes on the masculine side. Doctor, doth protesteth a little too much? She looks like a jilted lover.

    Interesting, she covered duct tape lesbians, did she ever consider lipstick? And interesting, if it turns out to be a baby boy overloaded with female hormones... hmmm... might we have the actual Gay Baby Doctor?

    If you knew you could have a fabulously gay embryo, I know I would certainly consider it.

    Posted by: Rad | Jun 30, 2010 7:57:42 AM

  7. Paging Dr Mengela.....Dr Moe,Dr Larry,Dr Curley...? WTF?

    Posted by: Disgusted American | Jun 30, 2010 8:00:05 AM

  8. "...because all women everywhere need to grow up to suck dick,..." WTF, if I had found women who would suck dick when I was a young man, perhaps I would have married one. Most of my married "massage" clients come to me because of total lack of interest from their wives.

    Posted by: Icon | Jun 30, 2010 8:01:49 AM

  9. Dr. Dyke needs to find a girlfriend.

    Posted by: Jack M | Jun 30, 2010 8:33:40 AM

  10. The day after the “Gay Gene” is discovered the GOP with change its platform to pro-choice.

    Posted by: Dave | Jun 30, 2010 8:47:09 AM

  11. But wait, I thought gays weren't "born that way".... did someone call Tony Perkins?

    Posted by: The Milkman | Jun 30, 2010 9:04:28 AM

  12. She deserves a bullet to the brain by a Government Execution squad after trial for being a monster - this is as bad the Nazi medical attrocities.


    She of course is so blind that she does not realize being a Doctor was MALE / MASCULINE profession not very long ago.

    Like I said --- Monster.
    Far too many Sociopaths get advanced degrees in our society.

    Posted by: tony x | Jun 30, 2010 9:17:13 AM

  13. Tony X, go take a pill and have a nice lie-down. Calling for the murder of anyone is a revolting, idiotic thing to do. We lock up those who murder abortion doctors and we don't need this kind of rhetoric one bit. Can it.

    Posted by: Dan | Jun 30, 2010 9:59:02 AM

  14. Yeah, because she is such a delicate flower herself.

    And why then is she a DOCTOR? Wouldn't it have been more appropriate for her to maintain a traditional woman's role as a nurse or midwife?

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Jun 30, 2010 10:22:37 AM

  15. Where did this doc get her medical degree - the University of Auschwitz-Birkenau?

    Posted by: Rob | Jun 30, 2010 10:42:46 AM

  16. dan, Tony X did call for her execution after a trial, not quite the same thing as ambushing an abortion doctor on their way to church

    Posted by: jerry | Jun 30, 2010 10:44:28 AM

  17. I don't know. I read the full Savage article and it just makes me heartsick. This isn't a hormonal problem, it's a hate problem. I was so lucky to have parents who just loved me - even tho my interests in play, etc, were pretty girly. The result? Yeah, I'm gay. But I have lots of love and support and a great life. Those babies need someone to love them, and accept them, and help them find their way in a world that is unnecessarily cruel. They definitely don't need exogenous hormones in utero. That doc should have her license pulled, stat.

    Posted by: Jim | Jun 30, 2010 11:03:17 AM

  18. She needs to take this hormone so she won't have a desire to be an ultra masculine doctor anymore and get back in the kitchen, subservient, making sammiches all day....

    Posted by: Beef and Fur | Jun 30, 2010 11:15:05 AM

  19. It won't work, and her patients (victims) will sue the hell out of her and the hospital. And the judges will throw out any disclaimers that were signed. Wait and see. This will be big news several years down the line.

    Posted by: romeo | Jun 30, 2010 11:18:48 AM

  20. Sometimes my comments don't show up, weird. This is a less eloquent re-post of my earlier lost comment...

    Scott, your comment was a hateful, cruel, and inhuman thing to say. To wish harm on a baby just to punish the mother is repugnant! And then to cross over and bring in Trig Palin into it, that's just vicious. You are an ass, plain and simple.

    You don't use a baby, in this case a baby born with Down's Syndrome, obviously no fault of its own, in your response to hurt someone or express your outrage. That's just an awful, disgusting thing to do, casually posted or not.

    I know it's easy to make off the cuff, casual comments without a lot of thought but with a lot of passion when we read an article that gets our blood boiling. But you stepped way over the line.

    And if you really believe what you said, I mean really believe it and wish for it, not out of knee-jerk defense for posting something stupid and don't want to admit you were wrong, but really believe it in your core, then you are not right in the head....that's sick.

    Posted by: Robert in SF | Jun 30, 2010 11:49:31 AM

  21. "If any of you would take the time to read the research and not Mr Savage's interpretation, you may see what this drug study is trying to prevent."

    Why assume that no one else has read the research?

    "It appears many women and children exposed to dexamethasone through this off-label use are not being enrolled in controlled clinical trials with IRB oversight, in spite of a persistent consensus among experts that this is the only way this treatment should be happening."

    The quote "One group of researchers, however, seems to be suggesting that prenatal dex also might prevent affected girls from turning out to be homosexual or bisexual."

    Is not Savage's interpretation, it comes from Bioethics Forum -
    Read more:

    "In the same article, Meyer-Bahlburg suggests that treatments with prenatal dexamethasone might cause these girls’ behavior to be closer to the expectation of heterosexual norms: “Long term follow-up studies of the behavioral outcome will show whether dexamethasone treatment also prevents the effects of prenatal androgens on brain and behavior.”

    In a paper published just this year in the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, New and her colleague, pediatric endocrinologist Saroj Nimkarn of Weill Cornell Medical College, go further, constructing low interest in babies and men – and even interest in what they consider to be men’s occupations and games – as “abnormal,” and potentially preventable with prenatal dex:

    “Gender-related behaviors, namely childhood play, peer association, career and leisure time preferences in adolescence and adulthood, maternalism, aggression, and sexual orientation become masculinized in 46,XX girls and women with 21OHD deficiency [CAH]. These abnormalities have been attributed to the effects of excessive prenatal androgen levels on the sexual differentiation of the brain and later on behavior.” Nimkarn and New continue: “We anticipate that prenatal dexamethasone therapy will reduce the well-documented behavioral masculinization . . .”

    It seems more than a little ironic to have New, one of the first women pediatric endocrinologists and a member of the National Academy of Sciences, constructing women who go into “men’s” fields as “abnormal.” And yet it appears that New is suggesting that the “prevention” of “behavioral masculinization” is a benefit of treatment to parents with whom she speaks about prenatal dex."

    It is clear that Meyer-Bahlburg is using fear of a lesbian daughter to sell this experimental, and insufficiently monitored treatment she provides to parents - in short, she's using homophobia to line her pockets.

    Her license should be removed asap.

    One more relevant quote:
    "But the use of prenatal dexamethasone treatments for CAH represents, to our knowledge, the first systematic medical effort attached to a “paradigm” of attempting in utero to reduce rates of homosexuality, bisexuality, and “low maternal interest.”

    Read more:

    Posted by: David | Jun 30, 2010 12:57:45 PM

  22. Where are the outraged stem cell ignorami? Tampering with God's will through manipulation of a developing fetus? Where is the outrage? Oh, never mind - I forgot. We're fags.

    Posted by: Tom | Jun 30, 2010 1:09:19 PM

  23. Hmmmm. It's reckless of the parents to rely on untested hormone "treatments" in an attempt to make sure that their baby's sexual orientation is heterosexual given the chance of it causing developmental problems. But, I don't consider fetuses people, or it only matters later on if they had done something that would cause the child problems when it became a person; then their culpability is undeniable. But this goes both ways...if gay parents and heterosexuals want gay children, they should be allowed to have them if and when the treatment becomes available (though, honestly, I don't think many would avail themselves of that option...but some would). Or white children by black parents, black children by white parents...on and on and on with a purely unscientific and prejudiced/bigoted selection criteria.

    I'm for abortion rights. So, if I'm for terminating the fetus at the will of the mother for any reason, would I also be obligated to endorse genetically modifying it to the parent's specifications? Designer babies...the upside to that is that potentially, we could eliminate harmful birth defects, raise IQ's (and lower birth rates world wide)...

    Posted by: TANK | Jun 30, 2010 1:15:14 PM

  24. Robert, I wasn't making fun of Trig Palin. What I meant is that the mother will be forced to carry the baby around for a good couple years - which also means that every time she has to look into the butt-face of the baby, she'll be reminded of how stupid her decision to "de-gay" her baby was.

    I'm sure the mother is one of those fundies running around screaming "being gay is a choice" - but she's going to "fix" her baby...."just in case". Kooks will do anything reckless to harm a gay person, even their unborn child. And with that, the mother deserves nothing more than a deformed baby that'll require twice as much attention and care compared to a normal baby who wasn't fucked with before birth.

    Posted by: Scott | Jun 30, 2010 1:30:15 PM

  25. I suggest you read Dr. Alice Dreger's excellent column. Quoting an article of hers: "Having a child is not like taking a spouse; there is no mutual agreement entered into. It is up (to) the parent to make the commitment. And to make the commitment by saying, "I'm willing to have you, but only if you are a boy, and a straight boy at that, and a straight boy with blue eyes and a very high IQ" is, frankly, to not really make the commitment that parenting requires."

    Posted by: Dev | Jun 30, 2010 2:35:31 PM

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