The child’s lawyer told the court she considered the girl capable of making an informed decision.
The girl is one of the youngest patients in Australia granted permission to begin a sex swap.
The court was told early intervention was needed because the child was stressed and anxious at the prospect of starting her period and had threatened self-harm.
Hormones implanted under her skin every three months will stop her menstruating and prevent her hips and breasts growing.
The court heard the hormone therapy was reversible and would give the family “breathing time”.
A further court application must be lodged in coming years for testosterone treatment to deepen her voice and promote growth of facial hair and muscles.
Surgery to remove her womb or ovaries, or build an artificial penis must wait until she is at least 18.
Excuse me, I need to go take a crazy pill…
[h/t Mark Steyn]
Tanya adds: Here’s some added insight into this story:
The court heard the hormone therapy was reversible and would give the family “breathing time” with progresive sex change treatments and operations requiring further court orders. The cousin questioned how “reversible” the treatment was. “There will be psychological consequences that are not reversible,” the cousin said. “I don’t think the side effects have been adequately considered. How people threat her will have an effect. “She will never have this time in her life again.”
Andrea adds: I don’t mean to add an “I told you so” element to this discussion but first thing I thought when I read Brigitte’s post is that this girl cannot have had a happy family. And what do you know…
The girl had only expressed the strong desire to be a boy since the parents had a bitter break-up, according to the cousin.
The whole thing is so sad.