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Last Thursday Chief Justice Christopher Hinkson, of the Supreme Court of British Columbia, heard arguments over whether a 14-year-old girl should continue to receive weekly testosterone injections without parental consent. The hearing dealt with a case that has garnered significant media attention over the past five months because of its implications for parental rights, children’s health care, and free speech.
As previously reported, in February Justice Bowden of the BC Supreme Court ruled that 14-year-old Maxine* should begin taking testosterone on the sole basis of her own consent. Maxine’s father, Clark*, promptly appealed this decision, arguing that his daughter’s preexisting mental health issues were wrongly steered into a transgender identity by internet peers and a school counselor. Clark maintained that his daughter needed more expert evaluation, and should wait until adulthood to embark on any irreversible course of treatment.
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On the strength of Bowden’s ruling, however, BC Children’s Hospital started Maxine on an escalating regime of testosterone injections in early March. By midsummer, dosages were high enough that Maxine’s voice had begun to deepen, a typically irreversible process.
Meanwhile, the case gathered further attention in late April, when Justice Francesca Marzari declared Clark guilty of “family violence” against his daughter for stating that she is “a girl” in media interviews, and failing to refer to her as a boy in private. That ruling was promptly followed with a special order, placing Clark under threat of immediate arrest “without warrant” by any police officer with reasonable grounds to believe that Clark had referred to his daughter as a girl in public or private. Clark was also strictly prohibited from communicating any information to the media about his case.
Documents - Federalist - Months - Wrangling - Kind—Justice
According to documents obtained by The Federalist, nearly two months of legal wrangling followed of a similar kind—Justice Marzari continuing to hound Clark and his lawyers for...
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