Hormones to children: UK judges wash their hands of them. Court of Appeal ruling on Keira Bell case
In response to the Tavistock Clinic's appeal on the Keira Bell ruling, the Court threw the ball back to the doctors: it is they, not the courts, who must decide whether a minor is able to give consent to experimental 'therapy' that blocks development and initiates transition. But the debate is now open. And the fear of lawsuits by repentant minors -detransitioners- induces the medical class to caution.
The English Court of Appeal has partially overturned the judgement that had given right to the young detransitioner Keira Bell (here is her story) against the Tavistock Clinic that, when she was 16 years old, had hastily introduced her to therapy with puberty blockers. With a pilatesque and merely formalistic judgement, the Court threw the ball back to the doctors: it is up to them, and not to the courts, to establish whether a minor can access this 'therapy' with hormone blockers. It must be the doctors and not [...]