Puberty blockers for under-18s should not be legal, say those bringing proceeding.
Written by Jamie Doward, The Guardian
A landmark test case to establish whether children can give informed consent to medical treatment for gender reassignment begins in the high court this week.
Lawyers acting for Susan Evans, a former psychiatric nurse at the Tavistock and Portman NHS foundation trust, which runs the UK’s only NHS gender identity development service (Gids), and “Mrs A”, the mother of an autistic 15-year-old girl who is on the Gids waiting list, will file papers to commence proceedings in a judicial review brought against the trust and NHS England.
At the heart of the case is the provision of puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones to young people who wish to transition or are considering doing so.
SFC Editor’s Note: Sisters For Change has launched a series of reports on behalf of the Equality & Justice Alliance. Comparative Legal Review of Gender Recognition Laws Across the Commonwealth was commissioned by Sisters For Change and authored by Peter Dunne and Stephen Clark. The purpose of the report is to provide guidance to Commonwealth countries wishing to develop domestic gender recognition laws.