Medical sciences agree…it’s not a matter of choice.

Posted on: September 12th, 2012 by feyadmin


Imagine going to your physician, someone with whom you literally trust your life, and telling him about some unusual aches and pains you’ve been fretting over recently.

Imagine your relief when your physician tells you not to worry – its just some aging symptoms common to most everyone – because there’s nothing wrong with you.

Think for a moment if you took your son or daughter who has confided in you about thoughts they were having about same-gender orientation to a physician. What if that physician told you that your son or daughter’s sexual orientation is a natural and normal development for the person – that there’s nothing wrong with them because it is not a matter of choice. The American Academy of Pediatrics agrees.

The American Medical Association – the association that your own physician likely is a member – has stated that attempts to change a person’s sexual orientation can be harmful. That is because they know, as the American Psychological Association has concluded that sexual orientation is not a matter of individual choice and that research suggests that the same-gender orientation is in place very early in the life cycle, possibly even before birth

The American Psychological Association has stated:

“The research on homosexuality is very clear. Homosexuality is neither mental illness nor moral depravity. It is simply the way a minority of our population expresses human love and sexuality. Study after study documents the mental health of gay men and lesbians. Studies of judgment, stability, reliability, and social and vocational adaptiveness all show that gay men and lesbians function every bit as well as heterosexuals.

Nor is homosexuality a matter of individual choice. Research suggests that the homosexual orientation is in place very early in the life cycle, possibly even before birth. It is found in about ten percent of the population, a figure which is surprisingly constant across cultures, irrespective of the different moral values and standards of a particular culture. Contrary to what some imply, the incidence of homosexuality in a population does not appear to change with new moral codes or social mores.

The American Psychological Association has also stated that:

  • attempts by a psychologist to change a person’s sexual orientation through therapy, or
  • referral of a patient to a therapist or organization who attempts to change people’s sexual orientation

The American Psychological Association publishes an undated brochure titled Answers to Your Questions About Sexual Orientation and Homosexuality. They state:

  • “…many scientists share the view that sexual orientation is shaped for most people at an early age through complex interactions of biological, psychological and social factors.”
  • “…psychologists do not consider sexual orientation for most people to be a conscious choice that can be voluntarily changed.”
  • “…homosexuality is not an illness, mental disorder or emotional problem.”

The American Medical Association (AMA) calls for “nonjudgmental recognition of sexual orientation by physicians.” They suggest that psychotherapy be directed help homosexuals “become comfortable with their sexual orientation.”
The American Academy of Pediatrics and the Council on Child and Adolescent Health have also stated that homosexuality is not a choice and cannot be changed.

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