Around half of European Union member states ban surgery on minors, and Finland, Sweden and the UK have taken decisive steps behind childhood sex reassignment amid growing concern about the safety and effectiveness of the procedures .
Gender reassignment of children, including drugs and surgery, is legal in most of the US and has strong support from President Joe Biden and other political leaders. Efforts to restrict treatments for minors have been met with fierce backlash from politicians and the medical establishment. While the pediatric gender medicine industry continues apace in the US, several countries in Europe are taking steps to limit children’s access to these irreversible procedures. (RELATED: ‘Defamed’: Hundreds of health workers, parents sign statement condemning leading transgender medical group)
Swedish National Board of Health UPDATED his guidance on children with gender dysphoria on 16 December and called for caution regarding medical interventions, particularly mastectomies, pointing to a lack of research into the procedures.
French Academy of Medicine he urged “Great medical attention” to the administration of cross-sex therapy to minors in February, pointing to the rapid increase in transgender identification among teenagers, the psychological vulnerability of these patients and the harmful effects of medical interventions.
Finland broke with the confirmation model even earlier: in 2020 the country was announced that Psychotherapy, rather than biomedical interventions such as puberty blockers or cross-sex hormones, should be the first line of response for children with gender dysphoria.
In the European Union, 13 countries allow minors to request sex reassignment surgery, two allow age 16 and older and 13 years old do not allow minors.
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— Leor Sapir (@LeorSapir) December 6, 2022
Recently updated Directive from the UK’s National Health Service called for psychological support to be the primary intervention for children with gender dysphoria, moving away from the model popular in America in which providers automatically confirm a child’s transgender status and offer biomedical interventions. The drive came after one independent review of the Gender Identity Development Agency in London Tavistock The Clinic found that the service was rushing young patients into puberty blockers and was not adequately protecting children, prompting the government to close the clinic and replace it with smaller mental health-focused centres.
The UK’s decision sparked outrage answer from Global Professional Association for Transgender Healthwhich claimed that restrictions on children’s gender transitions constituted “gatekeeping” that “could cause enormous harm and exacerbate higher suicide rates”.
“These children suffered life-altering and, in some cases, irreversible consequences of the treatment they received, which resulted in long-term physical and psychological consequences for them,” said Tom Goodhead, CEO of a law firm that sued against Tavistock. he told the Daily Caller News Foundation in August. “We shouldn’t shut down the conversation because of fear of discussing gender identity, and those responsible must be held accountable.”
The NHS and the health departments of Sweden and Finland did not respond to DCNF’s request for comment.
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