A British woman, who was given hormone blockers and opposite sex hormones as part of a gender transition, is suing the clinic that gave her the drugs, arguing she was medically harmed.
As reported by the U.K. Times, Keira Bell, 23, a female who is among the increasingly visible chorus of what are known as “detransitioners” — persons who once lived and identified as transgender and underwent experimental medical regimens to alter their bodies and now regret it — is mounting a legal challenge against the lone gender clinic in the U.K., the Tavistock and Portman National Health Service Trust in London.
Bell, who was given the puberty-suppressing drugs and cross-sex hormones during her mid-teens, now says she found the experience of gender-transitioning traumatic and that the clinic’s approach to treating children is not lawful because the risks are not adequately explained and minors are incapable of giving consent to such interventions.
“She now very seriously regrets the process and feels that the way it was handled and her involvement in it was not appropriate,” Bell’s lawyer, Jeremy Hyam, told the U.K.’s highest court last week during the hearing.
Bell said in a statement after the proceedings concluded that she does not believe “that children and young people can consent to the use of powerful and experimental hormone drugs like I did.”
“The treatment needs to change so that it does not put young people, like me, on a torturous and unnecessary path that is permanent and life-changing.”
Bell, who is currently an unemployed IT engineer from Cambridge, has become the most prominent claimant in a case now being adjudicated as to whether young people can give consent to such life and body-altering medical practices amid ongoing and intensifying debate over transgender ideology, particularly as it relates to medical care and the Gender Recognition Act.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Brandon Showalter