Victory for Keira Bell!
On December 1, Keira Bell, a young woman who had begun to transition to a transman before detransing back as a lesbian woman, made history by winning a major victory against the Tavistock Clinic in the UK High Court.
Coming to its decision the Court stated: “It is highly unlikely that a child aged 13 or under would be competent to give consent to the administration of puberty blockers. It is doubtful that a child aged 14 or 15 could understand and weigh the long-term risks and consequences of the administration of puberty blockers.”
This decision comes in the wake of a decade or more of a rapid increase in children, mainly girls, transitioning because they felt they were born in the ‘wrong body’ – a condition labelled gender dysphoria.
One of the main witnesses called before the Court, sociologist Michael Biggs explains that adolescent transitioning is being driven by ideology and not medical science, apparently to avoid young boys and girls accepting that they are gay or lesbian; that it is an experimental and unlicenced use of drugs, with damaging effects (infertility, bone density, sexual pleasure etc) that are neither controlled for nor reversible.
After her victory, Keira Bell spoke out against the use of puberty blockers in underage children. In an interview published by Womens’ Place UK she stated:
“There was nothing wrong with my body, I was just lost and without proper support. Transition gave me the facility to hide from myself even more than before.”
Yet those who are pushing this homophobic ideology continue to reject common sense and are appealing the decision to the UK Supreme Court.
“Of course, it was too much to hope for that all those who purport to care about the well-being of dysphoric and gender non-conforming children would welcome this guidance and accept the expertise of the court. Far from it; the lobbyists and their cheerleaders – who have been pushing puberty-blockers on younger and younger children for years – demonstrated exactly the sort of reckless behaviour which led us to this sad situation in the first place.”
No surprising however when the trans ideology is widely backed by governments, corporations and pressure groups which have an interest in promoting gender transition as a profitable industry that markets gender identity as an antidote to homosexuality.
In Aotearoa/NZ the government takes the line that that puberty blockers are “safe and reversible”. Will it take on board the UK High Court ruling and the NHS decision to review its policy on informed consent. As Jan Rivers points out in Scoop, like Keira Bell, the available evidence shows that between 60% and 90% of “gender confused…would mature out of their earlier beliefs and come to a satisfactory accommodation with their bodies.” She asks: “How many Keira Bells are there in New Zealand and how many will there be if the current regime continues?”