Fox’s Ablow: “We Don’t Know The Psychological Impact” Of Same-Sex Parenting
May 18, 2012 1:30 pm ET by Carlos Maza
The May 17 edition of Fox Business Network’s Lou Dobbs Tonight included a discussion of President Obama’s recently-declared support for marriage equality. The segment featured Tony Perkins, president of the anti-gay hate group Family Research Council (FRC), and Dr. Keith Ablow, Fox News’ resident anti-LGBT pop psychologist.
Predictably, Perkins and Ablow turned the segment into an excuse to lob right-wing attacks against Obama, the media, and same-sex couples. Ablow continued his unethical practice of psychoanalyzing the president without a formal examination, Perkins attempted to link marriage equality to the breakdown of heterosexual families, and both commentators criticized Obama for allegedly ignoring public opinion.
The segment’s low-point came when Ablow warned that children might be harmed as a result of being raised by same-sex parents, adding “we don’t know the psychological impact of that at all”:
ABLOW: There’s some psychology in the background of this same-sex marriage issue that doesn’t relate to your sexual orientation. Children growing up in same-sex households, by definition, unless the donor of sperm or ova, eggs, is known, which is unusual, unless that’s the case, these kids don’t know their biological parents. Now we don’t know the psychological impact of that at all, and we need the data. We really do.
DOBBS: Isn’t it interesting... We are a generation that is making all sorts of decisions, allowing our elected officials to make decisions on debt, that reaches for generations now. We are making public policy, as you suggest here, on the adoption of children without an understanding of the psychological impact, what that effect will have on their conduct and behavior, and we seem to be doing so as if somehow we’ve been inspired on high to do so. It’s really remarkable, the manifestation of our disregard for successive generations. [emphasis added]
Ablow went on to accuse same-sex parents of being “narcissistic” and attempted to link same-sex marriage to polygamy:
ABLOW: And it’s the opposite of inspiration from on high, which suggests that you would empathize with and care for others. This is narcissistic. ‘I feel like it so I’m going to do it, no matter what the science might show.’ And we need the data. But the bottom line is, how did we decide that kids are just fine to grow up absent their biological parents? Because why? ‘Because we love each other.’ Well, three people can love each other so polygamy has to be close behind. How can you have same-sex marriage and not believe that three people can fall in love, which they absolutely can? [emphasis added]
If it wasn’t already painfully obvious that Ablow isn’t qualified to comment on LGBT issues, it should be now. Anyone who’s even briefly looked at the issue of child development in same-sex households knows that there’s a “mountain of evidence” indicating that children raised by gay parents fare just as well as those raised by heterosexual parents. Study after study has found that a parent’s sexual orientation doesn’t impact child development, and a wide variety of professional medical organizations have affirmed this conclusion. Some experts have even suggested that gay couples might provide children with ideal home environments due to their high levels of commitment and motivation. As the American Psychiatric Association stated in a 2004 compilation of research concerning same-sex parenting:
Overall, results of research suggest that the development, adjustment, and well-being of children with lesbian and gay parents do not differ markedly from that of children with heterosexual parents.
So when Ablow confidently asserts that “we need the data,” what he really means 'I haven’t taken the time to do a basic Google search on this subject.'
This isn’t the first time Ablow has been completely oblivious to the research on same-sex parenting. Over the past few months, he has repeatedly contradicted mainstream medical research by asserting that same-sex parents might somehow influence their kids to identify as LGBT.
On most news networks, showing up to an interview with absolutely no background research to support your medically inaccurate assertions would make you, at the very least, an incompetent guest.
On Fox, it makes you a part of the “Medical A-Team.”