Reverse decision to ban puberty blockers

Reverse decision to ban puberty blockers

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Alex Marian started this petition to The Supreme Court

Puberty blockers have been banned for under-16 trans kids. 

I think this is a ridiculous decision. 

Hormones cause serious, irreversible changes, which can be very emotionally traumatic for many transgender teenagers.  So why are we forcing literal children, who explicitly said they do not want to experience those changes, to go through them? 

Here's a transgender redditor on the issue: 

So, you know how letting a 16YO, who really wants hormones, and has psychologists backing them up, is considered "controversial", because they're "too young" to make such irreversible decisions to their body?

Well, what if that 16YO was only 12? And they didn't want hormones, in fact, they explicitly said they don't want them? But you FORCED them to go on hrt? That'd be child abuse, right?

Well, that's the case of natural puberty. It's considered perfectly okay to force some poor trans kid to go through irreversible, emotionally traumatic physical changes, just because it's natural

And now it's actually illegal in the UK to not do that.

SMH

Going through natural puberty means that trans individuals will find it much harder to "pass" as their true gender, and means that they will require more invasive surgeries to correct the effects of going through the wrong puberty. 

Puberty blockers mean less dysphoria, and the need for less surgeries. For some trans people they are literal lifesavers, as dysphoria can be bad enough to cause thoughts of suicide. 

And for the tiny minority that detransition (less than 1% according to stonewall - many of which are actually trans, they just detransition due to discrimination), puberty blockers are completely reversible. They're regularly prescribed to cisgender children who start puberty to early. 

In conclusion, I believe that the decision to ban puberty blockers for transgender individuals under the 16 should be reversed. 

 

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