A Canadian court has ruled that a 14-year-old girl can receive male hormone injections without her parents’ consent. The Court also determined that if either parent tried to prevent their daughter from attaining the injections, they could be found guilty of “family violence.” A judge ruled that the girl was entitled to consent to medical treatment for gender dysphoria, not dependent upon the parents’ opinions or concerns. “Attempting to persuade her to abandon treatment for gender dysphoria; addressing her by her birth name; referring to her as a girl or with female pronouns shall be considered to be family violence” the court added in its stern ruling.
In response, Maxine’s father, “Clark,” declared that “the government has taken over my parental rights.” “They’re using [Maxine] like she’s a guinea pig in an experiment,” he said. “Is British Columbia’s Children’s Hospital going to be there in 5 years when she rejects her male identity? No they’re not. They don’t care. They want numbers.” “We’re gonna fight this right up to the Supreme Court of Canada,” Clark noted, insisting that his daughter was still exactly that, a female. “We’re not quitting.” The administering of hormone therapy and puberty blockers to children has been gravely warned against by many in the medical field.
“Risks of puberty blockers (which are NOT FDA approved for use in physically healthy children) include: arrest of secondary sex characteristics, arrested fertility, stunted growth, arrested brain development which might permanently impair memory,” Dr. Michelle Cretella, Executive Director for the American College of Paediatricians said. “Additionally, young women may develop severe osteoporosis in their twenties and thirties,” Cretella noted, adding that, among men, there is “an elevated risk of testicular cancer and an increased risk of obesity.”
Maxine’s dad was understandably concerned noting that his daughter had struggled to cope with her parents’ divorce, and had since endured periods of depression. Maxine’s dad thought it possible that this transgender phase was simply an additional coping mechanism that his daughter had employed to cope with her emotional trauma. She had previously gone through a temporary lesbian phase. Instead of taking the father’s concerns seriously, the school referred her to Dr. Wallance Wong, a psychologist and LGBT activist. Dr. Wong decided that Maxine should undergo immediate gender reassignment therapy, beginning with a series of hormone injections.
Maxine’s dad refused to sign the consent papers for such extreme treatment. The hospital wrote to him stating that the medical team would be starting transitional treatment in two weeks. Outraged, Clark filed a motion in the Provincial Court to stop the hospital administering the hormones. A judge temporarily prevented the doctors from injecting the young girl. Clark said “I have no problem with [Maxine] exploring the role of being male however I do have grave concerns over the irreversible effects of intravenous testosterone treatment. Despite his best efforts, Maxine will soon begin the course of hormone injections to begin her transition from female to male.
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