WA Liberals want to ban puberty blockers

Finally, there is a political leader who is willing to do the right thing for children.

WA Liberal leader Libby Mettam has announced that if the Liberals were to win government, they would move to ban puberty blockers, and other gender treatments for children under the age of 16.

She said a Liberal government would also initiate a “comprehensive review of these treatments and their suitability for use in the treatment of gender incongruent children”.

The move follows the release of a study in the UK by paediatrician Hilary Cass — a four-year-investigation into gender intervention for minors — which recommended the use of puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones and gender surgeries for children be discontinued.

“Many countries around the world have already implemented such bans on the use of puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones on children in the face of growing evidence they cause long-term irreversible harm,” Ms Mettam said. 

“It is important we undertake our own research into the outcomes being achieved here in our own State.

“Once the research is completed we will review the ban to determine if it should be maintained, modified or potentially extended to under 18 years of age.”

Hundreds of underaged children have already been placed on irreversible pathways.

Politicians are without excuse.

The Cass Report, and the fact that the UK, Finland, Norway and Sweden have stopped using puberty blockers on children because of the mounting evidence that they cause catastrophic, irreversible harm should be more than enough reason to investigate here.