Setting up children for trans tragedies
March 6, 2019 |
Court orders father to support daughter’s gender transitionby John Sikkema [NOTE (June 15): I learned that the B.C. Court, after this article was posted, ordered that the names of the doctors (one is a psychologist) in this case be anonymized in the judgment and not published by third parties. Therefore, I have redacted their names while the order remains in effect.] Last week, as you may have heard, a B.C. judge ruled that physicians could begin injecting a 14-year-old girl with testosterone without parental consent. The ruling demonstrates how changes in family law, education law, and health law, driven by transgenderist activism, are combining to set children and families up for tragedy. The case is A.B. v C.D. and E.F. – anonymized initials for the child, father, and mother, respectively. I’ll call the daughter Jamie and the father Clark for the sake of this article. Justice Bowden declared that “attempting to persuade A.B. to abandon treatment [hormone injections / surgery] for gender dysphoria; addressing A.B. by his birth name; referring to A.B. as a girl or with female pronouns whether to him directly or to third parties; shall be considered to be family violence under s. 38 of the Family Law Act.” If a court finds that “family violence” has occurred, the parent responsible could lose custody or access. So, not only did Clark fail to persuade the judge that either parental consent or a fuller hearing into the implications of cross-hormone therapy for Jamie was needed, he has also been ordered to pretend his daughter is a boy and to not counsel her against injecting testosterone or surgically destroying healthy body parts.
Judge rules: “referring to A.B. as a girl or with female pronouns… shall be considered to be family violence”Jamie’s doctors at the Gender Clinic decided, and Justice Bowden agreed, that she (they say “he”) is mature enough to understand the nature, consequences, risks, and benefits of this “treatment” and does not need her parents’ consent. Jamie reportedly began to identify as male at age 11, and first told a school counsellor at age 12. A recent story in The Economist called “Why are so many teenage girls appearing in gender clinics?” notes that, while gender dysphoria typically begins in childhood, “in the past decade clinics in Western countries have reported that a growing number of teenagers have started experiencing gender dysphoria during or after puberty.” It also notes that, in 2007, 41% of adolescents referred to Britain’s Gender Identity Development service were female, but in 2017, 69% were female. The shift has social causes. The article cites a study by Dr. Lisa Littman of Brown University, which surveyed 256 parents of children whose dysphoria appeared in adolescence and found:
- 87% of these children identified as transgender after spending more time online, after “cluster outbreaks” among their friends, or both;
- In a third of the children’s friend groups, half or more individuals came out as transgender;
- Most children who came out as transgender became more popular as a result; and,
- Almost 2/3 of these children had one or more diagnoses of a psychiatric or developmental disorder preceding the onset of gender dysphoria.
As a society, we teach kids that gender varies independently of sex. We tell them stories of kids who thought they were a boy or girl but discovered they were something else.Physicians who are skeptical about or opposed to cross-hormone treatments may fear losing their jobs, as we saw happen to Dr. Zucker. In fact, some provinces have outlawed so-called “conversion therapy”, which by an awful abuse of language is a term used for counselling a person to be comfortable in his or her own body. Thus, only doctors who are ideologically on board with the transgender movement may still offer “treatment” for gender dysphoria. As a society, we teach kids that gender varies independently of sex. We tell them stories of kids who thought they were a boy or girl but discovered they were something else. Then, when a child or adolescent sees himself this way, we steer him into a health care system that is set up to affirm his transgender identity. We threaten counsellors and doctors who question it. We threaten parents who oppose it with losing custody of their child or worse. It’s a recipe for tragedy. Christians cannot be silent. Please speak out. Please share this with your MLA, MPP, MP, political candidates and more. Ask them for their thoughts. Urge them to speak out too. You can bcc us at [email protected]. You can also share the link to our policy report on gender identity. Our kids, teens, and society need to hear the truth, no matter which way the political winds are blowing.
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