‘Trans’ children under 16 will need court approval to access puberty blockers in UK

‘Trans’ children under 16 will need court approval to access puberty blockers in UK

[Ed. – A similar law needs to be enacted here.]

Children aged under 16 will need court approval in England and Wales to access puberty blockers after a landmark ruling on Tuesday amid a global debate about the age at which a child can choose to transition gender.

Three High Court judges said it was “highly unlikely” that a child of 13 or under was “competent to give consent” to puberty blockers, and it was “doubtful” that 14- and 15-year olds could “weigh the long-term risks and consequences”.

Following the ruling, the National Health Service (NHS) England updated its guidelines to state that a court order must be sought for any new referral for such medication.

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But the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, which runs England’s only youth gender identity clinic, vowed to appeal, setting the stage for a Supreme Court showdown.

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