Hamilton County, Ohio, US – Transgender rights activists have launched a legal campaign to have law enforcement seize children from parents who refuse to start their healthy, but gender non-conforming offspring on the path to a lifelong regimen of medication and various amputative rituals – up to and including breast binding, surgical removal of breasts and uterus and ovaries, surgical castration of the testicles, and surgical inversion of the penis.
I’m not threatening anything. It’s a friendly word of warning. Trans kids are thankfully already being removed from the parents custody for medical neglect: https://t.co/xZEkPg822A
— Julie Rei Goldstein (@JulieRei) June 19, 2018
A legal precedent was recently established by the case of a 17-year-old girl whose parents refused to call her by the traditionally male name she had chosen, or to allow her to consume hormones that were prescribed to her by a team at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.
The stated goal of the medical team is to modify the “child’s gender presentation, and feelings of non-conformity.” The team claimed that to do so is necessary to decrease the child’s suicide risk – though peer-reviewed studies have consistently found that neither hormones nor gender-affirming surgery reduces the rate of suicide attempts or successfully completed suicides in transgender-identifying individuals.
Judge Sylvia Sieve Hendon turned the child over to the custody of her grandparents, whom the judge gave authority to add to their medical insurance and make medical decisions on her behalf.
Gender-affirming procedures for a female-born person to achieve a masculine appearance can cost as much as $50,000.
The girl’s parents stated through their attorney that they thought the child too young “to make such a life-altering decision at this time.” They added that the hormone treatment was a violation of their religious beliefs.
Ohio policy makers have proposed a bill that would strip judges of discretion in some family cases involving minors and gender-affirming procedures.
@aarbaer with @CCVOhio explains why he thinks HB 658, the Parent’s Rights Act, is needed to stop judges from granting custody of a minor to someone other than the parents when gender-treatment is the issue. It follows a Hamilton Co. court ruling. @EqualityOhio opposes the bill. pic.twitter.com/itIxQ7Om28
— Jason Aubry (@JasonAubryNBC4) June 22, 2018
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Hamilton County, Ohio, judge on Friday gave custody of a transgender teen to his grandparents rather than his parents, allowing them to make medical decisions regarding his transition.
Ohio lawmakers are considering a bill that strips judicial discretion in some family cases involving kids and gender-based treatments. This all came about after a judge in Hamilton County granted custody of a teenager girl to their grandparents after the parents refused to allow the child to receive a hormone treatment to identify outwardly as a boy.