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A 14-year-old girl in Canada will continue with hormone replacement therapy to become a male against her father’s wishes, a court in Canada has ruled.
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A three-judge panel of the British Columbia Court of Appeals, the province’s highest court, upheld a lower Canadian court’s decision to allow the child, who has identified as male since age 11, to continue the treatments. The mother supports the hormone therapy.
The child, who lives in Vancouver, already has begun hormone treatments and desperately wanted to continue them, The Guardian reports, Eighteen attorneys—including representatives of public health officials, the local school board, the teenager, her mother, and her father—participated in the three-day hearing, which has spurred a debate over parental rights, consent, and freedom.
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The teenager apparently attempted suicide, met with medical professionals, and then pursued hormone therapy to transition from female to male. Though her mother supported this, her father has said the lower court rushed to judgment and was forced to hire attorneys to attempt to halt the process.
“I will be stranded between looking and sounding feminine and looking and sounding masculine. I would feel like a freak,” the teenager wrote in an affidavit which was read in court. The girl began taking hormones in March and reported she feels “amazing” and no longer has suicidal thoughts.
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The lower court’s ruling is based on the Infants Act, a provision in Canada which gives minors the ability to consent to medical procedures. It says: “Children may consent to a medical treatment on their own as long as the health care provider is sure that the treatment is in the child’s best interest, and that the child...
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