A Christian couple in Ohio have lost custody of their 17-year-old daughter because they did not agree to allow the child to receive hormone “therapy” in her efforts to identify as a male. A judge in Hamilton County ordered that the teenage girl be placed in the custody of her maternal grandparents, who will now have exclusive authority to make medical decisions for their granddaughter, and to support her personal efforts to officially change her name and her physical development.
The girl was hospitalized in 2016 due to depression and anxiety. Officials at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital diagnosed her as suffering from so-called “gender dysphoria.” They recommended that the child receive hormone “treatments” so that she could transition to “becoming” a male. The parents objected, saying that they did not believe such harmful “therapy” was in their daughter’s best interests. Judge Sylvia Hendon ruled that the “the child truly may be ‘gender-noncomforming’ and has a legitimate right to pursue life with a different gender identity than the one assigned at birth.” Hendon scolded the parents for not accepting “the reality of the fact” that their daughter considers herself to be a male.
The parents of the girl had originally been investigated by family service authorities for child abuse and neglect for refusing to support their daughter’s delusional behavior. The parents were accused of causing “trauma and anxiety” by enrolling their daughter in a Catholic school where the dress code includes a girls’ uniform. They were also accused of triggering trauma in their child by calling her by her real female name. Karen Brinkman, the attorney for the parents, argued that the child’s unstable mental and emotional condition made clear that she was in no position to be making decisions resulting in permanent physiological changes to her body. Brinkman pointed out that the parents had consulted medical professionals and examined extensive research, and concluded that hormone “therapy treatments” would do more harm than good to their daughter. Judge Hendon used the occasion to urge the Ohio Legislature to revise juvenile law in that state to allow minors the right to self-consent to “gender therapy.” The judge said that such a change would “give a voice and a pathway to youth.”
“This a major setback for advocates of parental rights and religious freedom,” writes Nicole Russell of the online publication The Federalist. “The clear message from the juvenile court to parents seems to be–‘Mutilate your child or we will do it for you.'” “Beckoning lawmakers to draw up legislation which strips parents of custody seems to align more with a police state than a free society in which parents have primary authority to steward their children,” Russell added. Christian commentator Jonathan Van Maren also condemned Judge Hendon’s actions. “Gender ideologies that are barely a decade old can now result in the loss of your children. The ideologues will never be satisfied until children of all parents are indoctrinated into their ideas.”
Dr. Paul McHugh, the longtime psychiatrist in chief at Johns Hopkins Hospital, was a leader in pioneering sex change surgery, often now described as “gender reassignment” surgery. However, McHugh now concludes that “there is little scientific evidence that these therapeutic interventions have psychological benefits.” McHugh now calls doctors who administer puberty-delaying hormones as “misguided,” saying that more than 80% of gender-confused children “will abandon their confusion and grow naturally into adult life if untreated.” In fact, a study by the American Psychiatric Association found that 98% of gender confused boys and 88% of gender confused girls accepted their biological sex after going through puberty. “‘Sex change’ is biologically impossible,” Dr. McHugh now states. “People who undergo sex reassignment surgery do not change from men to women or vice versa. Rather, they become feminized men or masculinized women. Claiming that this is a civil rights matter and encouraging surgical intervention is in reality to collaborate with and promote a mental disorder.”
Dr. Michelle Cretella, the President of the American College of Pediatricians, has accused hospitals like Cincinnati Children’s of promoting a political agenda over science and the well-being of children. “When academic, medical, and other public institutions propagate the lifetime use of toxic hormones and the surgical removal of healthy body parts as healthcare for children they are engaged in institutionalized child abuse.” Today there are more than 45 “pediatric gender” clinics across the nation. We reported in January of last year that St. Louis Children’s Hospital in St. Louis had established their own “Pediatric Gender Center.” That facility is providing “hormone blockade” and “cross-hormone” treatment to children being seen at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. The director of the program said at the time that their goal was to be “a shining star in the region for ‘transgender’ patients and families.”