On November 30, the Family Court of Australia - Full Court ruled that children may undergo hormone treatment without the approval of the courts. Teenagers with "gender dysphoria" in cases where parents and doctors have already consented to treatment can begin hormone treatment.
Before the decision, Australia was the only country where children in such cases required the approval of the courts before receiving hormone therapy. However, advocacy groups, lawyers and "transgender people" forced the courts to reconsider the past law.
decided on November 30 involved a 16-year-old girl who identifies as a boy seeking approval for testosterone treatment. The Full Court considered the case after it was referred, coming down in favor of giving her — and all "transgender" teens — access to hormone treatment without court permission.
The director of legal advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, Anna Brown
, praised the decision as a "stunning victory" for transgender children: "Doctors and parents are able to make decisions about every other kind of medical treatment for young people — including ethically complex decisions that weigh up risks and the consequences of not undergoing treatment — and gender dysphoria should be no different."
Other supporters argue that before the ruling, transgender teenssought other options, including illegal hormones, because the patients could not approach the courts. Seventeen-year-old transgender activist George Stone, who identifies as Georgie
, started receiving hormone blockers at the age of 10. The youngest person in Australia, he expressed
his relief over the decision: "I want to have control over my body and what goes into my body. I know what I need, to have a complete stranger decide what was going to happen was horrible."
But critics of the ruling are less optimistic. Michelle Telfer
, director of the gender service at Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne, has concerns over the landmark ruling, arguing that not all teenagers with gender dysphoria should seek hormone treatment: "It's for those young people like [trans activist Georgie Stone] who feel absolutely compelled in their need to have treatment like they are being their authentic self."
New South Wales Department of Family and Community Services was the only party in the Family Court that argued that children should have to receive the permission of the courts before undergoing hormone treatments. NSW Minister for Family and Community Services Pru Goward
commented, "I have great misgivings in the treatment of gender dysphoria in children and young people and feel we need to be very careful in the way this is managed."
A previous court decision in December 2016 ruled that a five-year-old male child who identifies as "intersex" could begin gender reassignment surgery. The decision was questioned by "intersex" supporters because of the very young age of the child.
Since 2013, Family Court
has approved more than 60 applications for hormone treatment. Research
has predicted that there are nearly 45,000 transgender youth in Australia. Children's Hospital
estimates that 96 percent of children with gender dysphoria will identify as transgender into adolescence rather than their biological sex.
Dr. Michelle Cretella
, president of the America College of Pediatricians, told Church Militant of the flawed narrative behind transgenderism:
The crux of the matter is that while the transition-affirming movement purports to help children, it is inflicting a grave injustice on them and their nondysphoric peers. These professionals are using the myth that people are born transgender to justify engaging in massive, uncontrolled and unconsented experimentation on children who have a psychological condition that would otherwise resolve after puberty in the vast majority of cases. Today's institutions that promote transition affirmation are pushing children to impersonate the opposite sex, sending many of them down the path of puberty blockers, sterilization, the removal of healthy body parts, and untold psychological damage. These harms constitute nothing less than institutionalized child abuse.
On December 2, Patrick J. Byrne wrote in Newsweekly
of the majority of children with gender dysphoria who do not seek "gender-reassignment surgery" and those who in increasing numbers reverse after "gender-reassignment surgey" back to their biological sex:
It is also the case that in a 2008 review of the incidence and approaches to treating gender dysphoria, Dr. Alexander Korte (medicine) et al., found that between 80 per cent and 97.5 per cent of children with gender dysphoria have resolved their identity uncertainty by adulthood and identify only with their biological sex as recorded at birth. ... James Caspian, a registered UK psychotherapist ... spoke with Miroslav Djordjevic, a leading genital-reconstructive surgeon working in Serbia and New York, who mentioned he had done seven reverse gender-reassignment surgeries. All were transgender male-to-females seeking to restore their male genitalia.
Caspian enrolled at Bath Spa University in England to research those who reverse after "gender-reassignment surgery." He discovered that it was an under-researched field, finding that, "particularly in the U.S., there are increasing numbers of very young women who decided they were trans, had taken testosterone, some had breasts removed and then reali[z]ed, typically in their early 20s if not before, that it was a mistake."