Skip to comments.Canadian Appeals Court Rules Father Canít Stop Teen Daughter From Taking Male Hormones
Posted on 01/14/2020 9:57:42 AM PST by Kaslin
Last Friday, the highest court in British Columbia, Canada, ruled that a father could not prevent doctors from giving his 15-year-old daughter testosterone injections to 'affirm' her transgender male identity.
Last Friday, the highest court in British Columbia, Canada, ruled that a father could not prevent doctors from giving his 15-year-old daughter testosterone injections to affirm her transgender male identity. The court also ruled that the father, Clark*, must acknowledge and refer to [his daughter Maxine*] as male, and refrain from talking to the media about her case.
The decision concludes a nearly year-long appeals process that has garnered significant attention in both Canada and the United States. As previously reported, a school counselor identified Maxine as transgender when she was only 12. The school helped her pick out a male name and began treating her as a boy without informing her father.
When Clark found out what was going on, he was deeply uneasy but went along with the schools recommendation that Maxine see psychologist and LGBT author Dr. Wallace Wong (“Dr. IJ” in the decision). To Clarks surprise, Wong recommended Maxine begin taking cross-sex hormones at 13.
Suspecting his daughters history of mental health issues might be more the cause than the effect of her gender dysphoria, Clark refused to grant immediate permission. He reasoned it would be better for Maxine to wait until she was older before she embarked on any irreversible course of treatment.
Shortly after Maxines 14th birthday, however, Dr. Brenden Hursh of BC Childrens Hospital (“Dr. GH” in the decision) informed Clark that his consent was unnecessary not because Maxines mother had consented, but because Maxine was capable of deciding the question on her own. Clark immediately took the matter to court.
In late February 2019, Justice Gregory Bowden of the BC Supreme Court affirmed Hurshs opinion, ordering that 14-year-old Maxine should begin taking cross-sex hormones on her own prerogative. Bowden further stipulated that if either of Maxines parents referred to her using female pronouns or addressed her by her birth name, they would be considered guilty of family violence.
The evening of Bowdens decision, Clark granted an interview to The Federalist in which he referred to his daughter as a girl, because she is a girl. Her DNA will not change through all these experiments that they do.
Citing this statement among other verbal expressions of rejection of [Maxines] gender identity the BC Supreme Court convicted Clark of family violence in April 2019. Judge Francesca Marzari even issued an order authorizing Clarks arrest without warrant by any police officer who might catch him referring to his daughter as a girl or with female pronouns.
Last Fridays decision walked back these orders to some extent. The BC Court of Appeal opined that Clarks comments did not constitute family violence and that Clark should be allowed to share his opinion on the case in private. However, the court still demanded that “in general,” Clark must acknowledge and refer to [Maxine] as male, and strictly prohibited Clark from speaking to the media about his case.
As mentioned in the courts ruling, Maxine began taking testosterone in March 2019. In recent months, her voice has deepened, and she has begun to grow masculine facial hair.
Although Clark refused requests for a formal interview, this author has talked with long-standing friends and family. Saturday night, Neil Lavery, a longtime close friend of Clarks, said Clarks experience with the courts had shaken [Clarks] world and his faith in the political and legal system.
Anyone who could put themselves in his shoes and see what hes gone through would respect him, Lavery said. Eventually, I think [Maxine is] going to realize that her Dad was sticking up [for her], trying to protect her, he added.
In the meantime, Fridays decision from the BC Court of Appeal likely removes any hopes Clark may have had of avoiding the irreversible effects of cross-sex hormones on his daughter. The next step of appeal, if taken, will be the Supreme Court of Canada. Clark previously indicated he would be willing to appeal his case all the way up to the Canadian Supreme Court, but it is unclear whether he will follow through.
*Clark and Maxine are not the real names of the father and daughter involved. Their identities have been concealed by court order. Court documents use the initials CM and MM, respectively, and media refers to Maxine as simply Max.
All our 1960's school counselors were fat ignoramuses too.............
Trudeau is too new, am trying to figure out when Canada actually fell.
Governmental sexual abuse and depraved disregard for the life and health of a child.
What can the father do in this instance?
Move out of the country?
Is the state going to barricade his house and prevent his escape? Arrest him for ‘kidnapping a kid’?
That’s why I would do. The moment this hit the news I would forcefully put my kid in a car and drive out of the country.
Can a child give consent for different cancer treatments and absolve doctors of malpractice claims?
Anyone from any country should be allowed political asylum in the USA for stuff like this. Mexicans don’t even do this crap.
Predatory court system
We are in election away from having that go on here. We’re very close to it right now.
The people in power who actively assist in doing this should all burn in hell for the lives they are ruining.
I don’t think it would do any good. It’s nearly that bad here right now.
The first Trudeau. Downhill ever since.
Why is it that the mothers’ in similar cases are usually the one’s willing to aid or abet these irreversible procedures?
That’s a rhetorical question, more an observation.
Are the moms so afraid to Just Say No?
Maybe this is a time when you just go shoot yourself.
Canadian justice is absolutely insane, utterly freakin off the wall nuts. Watch that documentary “Dear Zachary” if you get a chance. I couldn’t believe what the hell I was watching, state sanctioned murder of a one year old baby by a psychopath already indicted for another murder.
The left is severing parent-child bonds because it wants the Almighty State to take the place of the parent.
I was watching Catch 21 on GSN yesterday and there was a player on who had the body of a male, but when it started to talk it sounded like a female, and not at all like a male.
Thanks, 1968, like the Rats in Chicago, same year.
“Why is it that the mothers in similar cases are usually the ones willing to aid or abet these irreversible procedures?”
Many women are functionally insane.
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