The Christian Democratic Party’s push to protect children from experimental sex change treatments received a boost this week.
For the first time, the Nine newspapers, which include the Sydney Morning Herald, published an article acknowledging the harms of gender fluid ideology.
Nine months after the landmark Kiera Bell v Tavistock gender clinic case in England, Nine newspapers have lifted their blackout, revealing the case has led to a more cautious approach by some Australian child gender clinics.
Bell, who regrets her decision to try and be a man, argued that she was not competent to be aware of the risks of taking puberty blockers when she was given them at age 15.
The High Court agreed, overturning the idea in a law that a child was “Gillick Competent” to consent to the potentially life altering treatments.
Bell went on to have both breasts removed at age 20.
“I have to live with the fact that I will not be able to breastfeed my children,” she said.
Since the (Tavistock) ruling, Western Australia’s child and adolescent Gender Diversity Service, which receives an average of four to five referrals a week, has quietly started a review of its policies in a bid to reduce its liability in the event a patient, like Ms Bell, decides to sue them in the future.
It is not known if NSW gender clinics are conducting any such review despite experts at Westmead Hospital expressing concern about child gender treatments last May.
However, the New South Wales Health Minister Brad Hazzard has ducked questions in Parliament from the CDP about whether the government would be liable to pay compensation in future Kiera Bell-type cases here.
The Australian Professional Association for Trans Health (AusPATH) opposes the Tavistock ruling and wants it overturned to remove the question mark over prescribing puberty blockers to gender-confused children.
Sadly, since marriage was de-gendered after the 2017 same-sex marriage plebiscite, gender fluid ideology has been rife in Australian schools and universities under various guises.
This has fuelled an epidemic of children presenting to gender clinics around the nation embarking on puberty blockers and cross sex hormones leading to life-long infertility.
The ABC is notable in being one of the few news outlets failing to cover the Bell case. The ABC always covers children’s sex change stories favourably.
The CDP plans to introduce a bill into the NSW Parliament to ban experimental gender treatment on minors, mirroring legislation passed in several American states.
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Lyle Shelton is Director of Campaigns and Communications for the Christian Democratic Party. The Reverend Honourable Fred Nile MLC has asked Lyle to succeed him in the NSW Parliament when he retires in November. To keep in touch with Lyle and the CDP, sign up here.