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UK Judges: Kids Can’t Know Consequences of Puberty Blockers

Posted on Monday, December 07, 2020

by Rodney Pelletier

This article, which quotes Dr. Morse, was posted at ChurchMilitant.com on December 4, 2020.

LONDON - So-called transgender children must get a court order for puberty blockers, according to a new British judicial ruling.

On Tuesday, a three-judge panel on the U.K. High Court called into question "whether a child under 16 or a young person between 16 and 18 can give the requisite consent" for puberty-suppressing drugs and directed that children must obtain a court order.

The court determined the U.K.'s National Health Service does not go far enough to establish whether a child seeking to transition understands the:

  • Immediate consequences of the treatment in physical and psychological terms
  • Fact that the vast majority of patients taking puberty blockers go on to cross-sex hormones — a pathway to much greater medical interventions
  • Relationship between taking cross-sex hormones and subsequent surgery, as well as the implications of such surgery
  • Possibility that cross-sex hormones may lead to loss of fertility
  • Impact of cross-sex hormones on sexual function
  • Highly uncertain evidence base for this treatment

Keira Bell, one of two claimants in the case, was given puberty-blocking drugs at 16 years old and underwent a double mastectomy at 20. Now at 23, she's regretting her so-called transition.

She told a group of reporters outside the court, "I wish (the judgment) had been made before I embarked on the devastating experiment of puberty blockers. My life would be very different today."

Founder and president of the pro-family organization the Ruth Institute, Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, commented to Church Militant:

I applaud Keira Bell for her courage and persistence in making her case. Her (mis)treatment by the medical establishment is truly tragic. This ruling by a U.K. High Court makes it less likely that young people will be railroaded into irreversible treatments that harm rather than help them. I hope this ruling will have ripple effects on this side of the pond as well.

The lawyer for the other claimant, the mother of a 15-year-old girl with autism, testified: "A child still going through puberty is not capable of properly understanding the nature and effect of (puberty blockers) and weighing the consequences and side effects properly."

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