A supreme court judge from British Columbia has ordered a father to refer to his 11-year-old daughter with male pronouns only, appointing the child a guardian “to protect her interests.” The daughter of the two estranged parents, who apparently suffers from gender dysmorphia, will continue to take hormone blockers to delay female puberty per court order, against the father’s wishes, reports Life Site News.
The case was brought to Justice Ronald Skolrood to determine if the 11-year-old is capable of giving “informed consent” to taking hormone blockers, a serious medical treatment.
Justice Skolrood, using the male-chosen initials of the young girl, J.K., stated: “This case is really about J.K. and his role in determining his own future. In my view, these issues cannot be properly considered without J.K.'s direct participation.”
The 11-year-old’s father, referred to as N.K. per court documents, has railed against his estranged wife, proclaiming that his daughter must stop the hormone blockers and “cease all contact with transgender activists or transgender-friendly therapists,” notes Life Site. He has also continued to refer to his daughter by her female name and pronouns, despite the previous court order directing him otherwise.
The young girl’s mother, referred to as A.H. per court documents, says that her daughter, early on, displayed “masculine” behavior. Apparently, when the 11-year-old girl went shopping for a training bra, she was uncomfortable—as many, many young girls normally are—and this was a sign to A.H. that her daughter was apparently really a male: “[B]ut the issue came to a head last year when her daughter reacted strongly to a shopping trip for her first training bra. A.H. got psychological help for her child after which her daughter expressed the wish to take the hormone blocker Lupron.”
Justice Skolrood outlined the two parents’ dissenting views in his ruling: “A.H. supports this course of treatment whereas N.K.’s view is that the child has not been adequately and independently assessed so as to permit a proper determination of whether this treatment is in the child’s best interest.”
“The issue for Skolrood, however, was whether to grant the daughter her own legal guardian, as distinct from her own lawyer,” reports Life Site. “The distinction, noted Skolrood, was that a lawyer would do P.K.’s wishes, while the legal guardian’s job would be to look after her interests, including hiring a lawyer. But what the guardian wants might not be what P.K. wants.”
A guardian was appointed for the young girl by the justice, “ordering the parents to attempt to agree on who should fill the role, but giving the mother final say.” In the interim, Skolrood ordered that the 11-year-old continue to use hormone blockers.
The girl’s father has requested that his daughter receive “unbiased counseling” to treat her gender dysmorphia per court order.
Of course, many have advised against allowing young children to take hormone blockers, calling it "child abuse."
“Conditioning children into believing a lifetime of chemical and surgical impersonation of the opposite sex is normal and healthful is child abuse,” said The American College of Pediatricians, per a newly released statement.
Continuing, the statement explains that “nine out of 10 gender dysphoric children ultimately accept their biological sex.” The children that do not, are unfortunately confined to “a lifetime of carcinogenic and otherwise toxic cross-sex hormones, and [will] likely consider unnecessary surgical mutilation of their healthy body parts as young adults.”