American College of Pediatricians
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The American College of Pediatricians (ACP) is a wingnut collection of pediatricians who espouse a socially conservative and "family values" agenda in opposition to the pediatric mainstream that, in their view, has a liberal bias. The SPLC has described it as a hate group.
They adopted the strategy of picking a very official-sounding name so that conservative information outlets could cite them and still sound smart, and to provide confusion to unsuspecting people. For those looking for a more mainstream body of pediatricians, one can turn to the similarly-named American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), which is the group the ACP split from.
History and policies
The group was founded in 2002 by a group of pediatricians including former President of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Joseph Zanga. Initially, they split over the issue of gay adoption when the AAP endorsed it, and have gone on to take wingnut positions on every social issue involving children, including hysteria about "violent and sexual" media. Their political positions include, but aren't limited to :
- Opposition to gay adoption.
- "Letting parents choose" when it comes to the proven beneficial HPV vaccine.
- Support of corporal punishment.
- Opposition to abortion and euthanasia, because of course.
- Opposition to the support of gay teens in schools.
- Opposition to anything involving transgender issues in children, including the use of puberty blockers, because transgender is obviously not real.
- Support of abstinence-only sex education.
Long story short, they try to provide an academic voice for those terrified that the gay agenda is corrupting their children.
Hijinks and criticism
The group has been involved in at least one major controversy involving using a decidedly pro-gay pediatric study and twisting the content to support their anti-gay agenda. The study concluded that kids who come out as LGBT earlier are more likely to commit suicide due to the social stigma in school and the long-term impact that has on someone's life. The study also suggested the most people sort out their sexuality by age 25. The ACP used the study to conclude that homosexual feelings should be discouraged for as long as possible, and that most homosexual feelings disappear by 25, two things the study in no way supported. The author of the study, Francis H. Collins, released a statement with the backing of the National Institute of Health repudiating the ACP's statements on the matter. Other pediatricians have also claimed their research as been misused by the ACP.