A judge in Ohio has legally permitted a 17-year-old teen girl, who identifies as a boy, to undergo hormone therapy despite opposition from her Christian parents.
On Friday, Sylvia Hendon, a visiting Juvenile Court judge in Hamilton County, Ohio, issued a ruling granting legal custody to the teen's grandparents, who according to a prosecutor "accept their grandson for who he is" and support the teen's desire to transition in gender, CNN reports.
Hendon said hormone therapy can begin at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, and the grandparents can petition to change the child's name in probate court. The teen will now be covered by the grandparents' insurance, allowing them, rather than parents, to help make future medical decisions for the child.
Andrew T. Walker, author and Director of Policy Studies for the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, said "This case ought to send a chill down the spine of every parent in observing what the state can do to tamper with parental rights in order to further the Sexual Revolution," he tweeted. "This is a *major* setback for parental rights and religious liberty."
Dr. Ryan T. Anderson, the William E. Simon Senior Research Fellow in American Principles and Public Policy at The Heritage Foundation, warned that "at stake are not only parental rights, but the well-being of children who suffer from gender dysphoria." He argued that most children (80 to 95 percent of children) grow out of gender dysphoria, but hormone blockers — which, he points out, are not FDA approved for that particular diagnosis due to their negative long-term effects — interfere with this process.
According to the hospital website, the Transgender Health Clinic at Cincinnati Children's "provides an accepting atmosphere and services for patients 5-24 years old," including "puberty blockers, gender-affirming hormones, assistance navigating transition needs," and more.
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