A 14-year-old girl who identifies as a boy has been granted hormone treatment despite her father not giving consent.
Her mother and father are divorced and share joint custody. The mother is all for hormone treatment while the father is opposed.
In a move that ignored parental authority and consent, the judge ruled in favour of the 14 year-old’s wishes.
The judge said, “While A.B.’s father does not consent to the treatment, I am satisfied that A.B.’s consent is sufficient for the treatment to proceed.”
According to The National Post, “The father had sought to block any medical treatments until a fuller hearing could be heard on the implications of gender transition treatment. The father provided the court with supporting affidavits from Dr. Quentin Van Meter, a pediatric endocrinologist in Atlanta, Ga., and Miriam Grossman, a psychiatrist in Airmont, N.Y., that discussed the potential harmful psychological and physical effects of gender transitioning on children.”
The judge didn’t consider this evidence weighty enough to influence his decision.
This is very alarming according to Binary spokeswoman, Kirralie Smith. “Firstly, the judge has ignored and overruled parental authority and consent. The state intervening in such a way should be of great concern to all parents,” Smith warned.
“Secondly, a 14 year-old cannot legally drive, drink alcohol, get married or vote. Yet this judge is satisfied this 14 year-old can reasonably give consent to undertake medical procedures that could have long-term, irreversible effects. This is dangerous for the child and sets a horrible precedent for all families facing similar situations,” Smith declared.