Transgender teens no longer need court approval for treatment

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Previously in Australia, transgender minors wishing to gender transition needed Family Court approval for the process, but that is no longer the case. Following a court ruling last week in the case of sixteen-year-old “Kelvin,” the requirement for access to stage two treatment has been removed.

Access to stage two treatment had previously been restricted because the hormone therapy, which causes secondary sexual characteristics, causes permanent physical changes and can possibly cause long-term infertility.

The three stages of transgender treatment are as follows:

Stage 1: Administration of puberty blockers to the child, in attempt to alleviate any “distress” that might be caused by the onset of puberty.

Stage 2: Providing a child with “cross-sex” hormones, i.e. testosterone to girls, oestrogen to boys. The resulting changes, such as voice deepening or breast development, are permanent.

Stage 3: Surgical intervention- breast augmentation or removal, genital surgery 

The decision was welcomed by Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital. Dr Michelle Telfer, Head of Adolescent Medicine and Gender Services at the hospital, said: 

For the first time in Australian history, transgender adolescents will have the same rights to healthcare as their peers.

But is providing a child who the law deems unfit to vote or enter into contracts with life-changing hormones really a matter of equality?  Or is it a sign that gender ideology is accelerating at an uncontrollable pace. 

There has been a huge increase in the demand for transgender treatment over the past decade, with over 230 patients being referred to the Melbourne Royal Children’s Hospital gender service this year alone.  The dramatic increase correlates with the introduction of the radical Safe Schools program into Victorian schools. 

With the increasing number of children and teenagers experiencing gender dysphoria, you would think that it would be logical to more strictly monitor those who are being referred for treatment, to ensure that this life-changing decision is not made on a whim. Instead, the Australian court has made it easier for children to access treatment, even though the long-term medical results are still relatively unknown.

It is clear that the court is kowtowing to the LGBT agenda instead of protecting the children of Australia from making irreversible life decisions.

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