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Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Parents Lose Custody of Daughter for Opposing Transgender Medical Treatments
The following article appeared inBreitbart on February 20th
By Dr. Susan Berry
of a 17-year-old girl lost custody of their daughter for opposing her
wish for transgender medical treatments.
Judge Sylvia Sieve Hendon of Hamilton
County, Ohio has allowed the girl to be taken into the custody of her
grandparents – who support her medical transition – allowing them to make
decisions that will further along her physical transition to the opposite sex.
This girl has something to look forward to!
According to CNN, Hendon ordered that the family’s names not be released.
The parents reportedly continued to
call their daughter by her given name, rather than a male name, and refused to
consent to hormone treatments that were recommended by her medical team. The
girl claimed she became suicidal as a result of her parents’ refusal to accept
that she wanted to transition to a male.
“We think the grandparents are the
ones who have an open mind and will … make this sort of decision best for the
child,” said attorney Paul Hunt, who represents the court-appointed
guardian ad litem. “The parents have clearly indicated that they’re not open to
According to the news story, the
parents argued their daughter was not “even close to being able to make such a
life-altering decision at this time.” A county prosecutor, however, claimed the
parents were opposed to their daughter transitioning to become a male because
of their Christian religious beliefs.
Thomas Mellott, the girl’s attorney,
said the teen was forced to attend a Catholic school where she had to wear
dresses and use her birth name.
“It caused additional trauma and
anxiety,” Mellott said. “When you lack all hope, and when [s]he thought this
would all continue to happen to [her], the suicidal ideation became more
pronounced, and that is how [s]he ended up where [s]he was.”
Karen Brinkman, attorney for the
parents, however, argued:
If the maternal grandparents were to
be given custody, it would simply be a way for the child to circumvent the
necessity of parents’ consent. Parents believe custody of the child should be
restored to them, so they can make the medical decisions they believe are in
their child’s best interest until [the child] turns 18 years of age.
Hendon’s order allows the
grandparents to petition to have their granddaughter’s name changed legally.
The ruling also requires the girl to
be evaluated by a psychologist not associated with the Cincinnati Children’s
Hospital Medical Center, the current treatment facility.
In her ruling, Hendon urged the Ohio
state legislature to develop legislation to assist judges in evaluating a young
person’s rights with regard to transgender treatments. Hendon wrote:
What is clear from the testimony
presented in this case and the increasing worldwide interest in transgender
care is that there is certainly a reasonable expectation that circumstances
similar to the one at bar are likely to repeat themselves. That type of
legislation would give a voice and a pathway to youth similarly situated as
(the teen) without attributing fault to the parents and involving them in
protracted litigation which can and does destroy a family unit.
Like the abortion industry – which
the narrative that abortion is “women’s health care,” transgender activists are
referring to prescribing hormone and surgical treatments for a gender-confused
child as “transgender care.”