Parents Lose Custody Because They Won't Support Hormone Drugs for Gender Dysphoria

“It does not appear that this child is even close to being able to make such a life-altering decision at this time."

Parents in Ohio have lost custody of their teenaged daughter because they will not let her receive testosterone injections.

A judge ruled that the 17-year-old may begin hormone therapy, something that usually begins at age 16 with transgender children, The Daily Signal reports. The County has taken custody of the child, who was diagnosed with depression, anxiety, and gender dysphoria and was hospitalized in 2016, and she is now living with her maternal grandparents, who support giving her the drugs. Given the daughter's history with mental illness meant that she was unable to make these decisions for herself.

The parents' attorney Karen Brinkman said that “It does not appear that this child is even close to being able to make such a life-altering decision at this time."

Brinkman also said:

If the maternal grandparents were to be given custody, it would simply be a way for the child to circumvent the necessity of parents’ consent."

Now, that has happened. 

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