The “woke” have been targeting the family unit for years, even though society is held together by cohesive families. They have been the backbone of civilization for millennia. The woke could care less.
In 1960, there were on average 2.33 children per family in America. In 2022, there were only 1.94 children per family. This will lead to a decline in population.
In Israel, by contrast, the fertility rate is one of the highest in the developed world—3.1 children per family. This is actually a drop from 4.25 in 1955. Israel’s population is predicted to be 15 million by 2050. I personally think it will happen sooner, and thus Israel should be allowed to expand its communities in Judea and Samaria significantly to accommodate its exploding population. This point gets little air time, even though it is a crucial matter.
The latest rage in attacking family values is “gender dysphoria.” The case of Prisha Mosley, featured in The New York Post on March 16, is edifying in this regard.
“The 25-year-old Mosley is transitioning back to being a woman after, she said, she was failed by medical professionals who led her down the path to testosterone injections and a double mastectomy by age 18,” said the article. “Mosley said she was rushed through gender transition after being convinced—by activists and therapists—that being born in the wrong body was at the root of all her problems.”
“I don’t think people should be allowed to take this experimental medicine and do these experimental surgeries until they’re 25, when the brain is fully developed,” Mosley told the Post.
Because of individuals like Prisha Mosley, there has been an outcry against minors diagnosed with “gender dysphoria” being subjected to medication and procedures that are life-changing and irreversible.
The Florida Board of Medicine joined seven other states in enacting a rule that bars minors from starting puberty blockers or hormone therapy and prohibits minors from receiving “gender affirming” operations. I believe many other states will enact such rules.
The concept of “gender dysphoria” has had a devastating effect on many families. The Prisha Mosley story is not uncommon.
This phenomenon is coming to Israel, and quickly. Sheba Hospital has received a large donation, estimated to be around $30 million, to build a ward for “gender affirming and reassignment” surgeries. The hospital proudly and unabashedly proclaims that it is the only hospital in Israel where someone can get “sex reassignment surgery.” Israel’s National Gender Reassignment Board is headquartered at the hospital.
Israel’s medical boards should step in and follow Florida’s lead by banning the use of puberty blockers and sex reassignment surgery on minors.
Family values remain the most important aspect of a nation’s health. Woke activists’ persistent onslaught on family values can only harm any country that does not stop them. Parents in particular must wake up to the perils ahead.
Dr. Joseph Frager is a lifelong activist and physician. He is chairman of Israel advocacy for the Rabbinical Alliance of America, chairman of the executive committee of American Friends of Ateret Cohanim and executive vice president of the Israel Heritage Foundation.