UK Government Says Doctors Will Soon be Banned from Prescribing Puberty Blockers and Cross-Sex Hormones to Children Under 18

The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust building in London, England. | YouTube/Sky News

Liz Truss, the U.K.’s trade minister, announced Thursday that doctors will soon be banned from prescribing puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones to children who are younger than 18. 

In order to protect youth from “irreversible” choices, Truss, who’s also the minister for women and equalities, told members of U.K. Parliament that the well-being of people younger than 18 was a key principle that would inform her decisions as the government reviews its policy on “gender identity” — a term used by many people who identify as transgender to describe their sense of themselves as the opposite sex.

“Grown adults should be able to make decisions, to have agency to live life as they see fit,” she said, according to the UK Times. “But before the age of 18, when people are still developing their decision-making capabilities, they should be protected from making decisions that are irreversible about their bodies that they could possibly regret in the future.”

Her words come as experimental drugs and surgical procedures performed on young people at The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, England’s lone gender clinic based in London, has been facing great scrutiny from the public and government officials.

An ongoing case against the Tavistock clinic alleges that clinicians are not adequately explaining the risks involved with taking irreversible puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones that the clinic prescribes to children suffering from gender dysphoria. Keira Bell, a 23-year-old detransitioner who once identified as transgender, has filed a lawsuit against staff psychologists at the clinic. .

Earlier this year, Britain’s National Health Service set in motion both a review of puberty-blocking drugs and the rules pertaining to when youth are allowed to begin gender-transitioning.

Truss also informed the House of Commons that additional protections for female-only spaces are coming such as changing rooms, women’s refuges, and restrooms. The issue of sex-segregated facilities has come to the fore as proposals to revise the 2004 Gender Recognition Act were considered, particularly allowing individuals who self-identify as transgender to change their legal gender marker without any formal medical diagnosis of gender dysphoria.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Brandon Showalter

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