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Parents Lose Custody of Teen Girl because She Wanted to Transition to a Boy

Amanda Casanova | Religion Today Contributing Writer | Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Parents Lose Custody of Teen Girl because She Wanted to Transition to a Boy

Parents Lose Custody of Teen Girl because She Wanted to Transition to a Boy


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

 

 

 

 

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