A trans-identifying 14-year-old girl will be injected with testosterone despite her father’s objections, a judge on the Supreme Court of British Columbia ruled this week. The father’s refusal to comply, the judge said, was tantamount to “family violence.”
As reported by the National Post, the child, known as “A.B.,” has been at the center of a complex legal battle where her mother supports the medical transitioning — that will end the child’s natural puberty — but the father does not. The mother has expressed concerns that her child might attempt suicide if the treatment is delayed.
“The totality of the evidence regarding A.B.’s medical needs … leads me to conclude that [her] hormone treatment should not be delayed further,” the judge wrote. “While A.B.’s father does not consent to the treatment, I am satisfied that A.B.’s consent is sufficient for the treatment to proceed.”
The ruling states that the child, now in ninth grade, began identifying as the opposite sex at age 11, and that attempting to address the child by her birth name and female pronouns was an attempt “to persuade [Maxine] to abandon treatment for gender dysphoria; addressing [Maxine] by [her] birth name; referring to [Maxine] as a girl or with female pronouns whether to [her] directly or to third parties; shall be considered to be family violence under s. 38 of the Family Law Act.”
The child’s father expressed his devastation late Wednesday in an interview with The Federalist.
“The government has taken over my parental rights,” he said, “They’re using [A.B.] like she’s a guinea pig in an experiment … Is BC Children’s Hospital going to be there in five years when she rejects [her male identity]? No they’re not. They don’t care. They want numbers.”
The National Post noted that the father “provided the court with supporting affidavits from Dr. Quentin Van Meter, a pediatric endocrinologist in Atlanta, Georgia, and Miriam Grossman, a psychiatrist in Airmont, New York, that discussed the potential harmful psychological and physical effects of gender transitioning on children.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Brandon Showalter