Parents in Ohio lost custody of their 17-year-old teenage girl after a judge ruled that the girl should be allowed to transition to a boy.
The case is one of many that the U.S. could see, according to Ryan T. Anderson, a senior research fellow at The Heritage Foundation and author of When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment.
“At stake are not only parental rights, but the well-being of children who suffer from gender dysphoria,” Anderson said.
Transgender activists say that when a child identifies as the opposite sex in a manner that is “consistent, persistent, and insistent,” those people around the child should support the new identification.
That support includes first, changing the child’s wardrobe and giving the child a new name. The next step, Anderson says, is to give the child puberty blockers that prevent the normal process of maturation.
Then, at about 16, the child can receive cross-sex hormones, i.e. estrogen for boys and testosterone for girls.
The final step is that at age 18 the child can undergo sex-reassignment surgery.
“But the ages for each phase are getting lower,” Anderson said.
In Wales, there have been reports of a doctor prescribing cross-sex hormones to children as young as 12.
In the U.S., there are no laws to prohibit the use of puberty blockers or cross-sex hormones for children. There are also no regulations on the age at which they can be used.
“Starting a young child on a process of ‘social transitioning’ followed by puberty-blocking drugs was virtually unthinkable not long ago, and the treatment is still experimental,” Anderson said.
Anderson’s new book, When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment, released this week.
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Publication date: February 20, 2018
Amanda Casanova is a writer living in Dallas, Texas. She has covered news for ChristianHeadlines.com since 2014. She has also contributed to The Houston Chronicle, U.S. News and World Report and IBelieve.com. She blogs at The Migraine Runner.