Parental rights lose out to trans rights

A couple in Ohio just lost custody of their daughter after refusing to allow her to transition to being a boy. After threatening to commit suicide if she was not allowed to transition, the teen was committed to the care of her grandparents. The case is just the first of many to come as trans rights begins to take precedence over parental rights.

In November, the requirement to obtain Family Court approval before a child can receive cross-sex hormones in order to transition to the opposite gender was removed.  The decision is now left up to children and doctors. In the UK, children as young as twelve are prescribed cross-sex hormones, and in the US, there are no laws regulating how old children have to be to undergo hormone therapy. Activists claim that there is no harm incurred by taking puberty blockers and cross-sex therapy, and that the effects can be reversed, but in reality, there is no long-term research to back up this claim. Indeed, the Australian Standards of Care for trans and gender diverse children and adolescents published late last year by the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne state that the effect on reproductive potential is unknown, and admit that the extent to which some other effects may or may not be reversible is unknown.  In administering puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones to young children, they are causing damage that may affect them throughout their lives, and possibly causing sterilisation.

The Dutch doctor who pioneered puberty blocking treatment stated that it gives children “more time to explore their gender identity, without the distress of the developing secondary sex characteristics.” The problem with this argument, say Drs Paul Hruz, Lawrence Mayer, and Paul McHugh, is that:

It presumes that natural sex characteristics interfere with the ‘exploration’ of gender identity, when one would expect that the development of natural sex characteristics might contribute to the natural consolidation of one’s gender identity. 

As researcher Ryan T. Anderson puts it:

The rush of sex hormones and the bodily development that happens during puberty may be the very things that help an adolescent come to identify with his or her biological sex. Puberty blockers interfere with this process. 

Normally, 80 to 95 percent of children will naturally grow out of any gender-identity conflicted stage. But every one of the children placed on puberty blockers in the Dutch clinic persisted in a transgender identity, and they generally went on to begin cross-sex hormone treatment at around age 16.

Children shouldn’t be taken away from their parents when there are problems with the process of how transgenderism is determined in the first place. How can a child be expected to sort out their gender if the very hormones that contribute to their natural-born gender are being blocked? Shouldn’t it be the right of parents to determine to put a hold on their drastic treatment if it is putting their child at risk?

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