Commonwealth Policy Center

A new phenomenon being reported is called transableism. This is a troubling trend where healthy people identify as disabled, so they ask doctors to do unthinkable things like blind them, cut their spine, or amputate body parts to make them handicapped. While many doctors oppose this practice, Dr. Jane Orient, a general internist and executive director of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons said it best, “In my opinion, both transgender and transabled persons suffer from a delusional disorder. The Oath of Hippocrates adjures physicians to do no harm. Mutilating the body is an objective harm even if it makes the patient subjectively feel better.” She goes on to say, “Those who insist they must mutilate their bodies to feel better is a cop out, we need to find other ways. Because Denial of reality is anti-scientific.”