The parents felt their child was too young to go through such a life altering procedure – the court disagreed.
The parents of a 17-year-old girl, who identifies as a boy, lost custody of their daughter for refusing to allow her to proceed with transgender medical treatments.
The parents argued that their child was too young to go through such a life changing procedure, the court disagreed.
On Friday, the court denied the Ohio parents custody of their daughter for not being supportive enough of her alleged transgenderism. The girl claimed that she was suicidal because her parents would not call her by her chosen male name.
Judge Sylvia Sieve Hendon of Hamilton County, Ohio has allowed the girl to be taken into the custody of her grandparents – who support her medical transition – allowing them to make decisions that will further along her physical transition to the opposite sex.
According to CNN, Hendon ordered that the family’s names not be released.
The parents reportedly continued to call their daughter by her given name, rather than a male name, and refused to consent to hormone treatments that were recommended by her medical team. The girl claimed she became suicidal as a result of her parents’ refusal to accept that she wanted to transition to a male.
“We think the grandparents are the ones who have an open mind and will … make this sort of decision best for the child,” said attorney Paul Hunt, who represents the court-appointed guardian ad litem. “The parents have clearly indicated that they’re not open to it.”
According to the news story, the parents argued their daughter was not “even close to being able to make such a life-altering decision at this time.” A county prosecutor, however, claimed the parents were opposed to their daughter transitioning to become a male because of their Christian religious beliefs.
Thomas Mellott, the girl’s attorney, said the teen was forced to attend a Catholic school where she had to wear dresses and use her birth name.
“It caused additional trauma and anxiety,” Mellott said. “When you lack all hope, and when [s]he thought this would all continue to happen to [her], the suicidal ideation became more pronounced, and that is how [s]he ended up where [s]he was.”
Karen Brinkman, attorney for the parents, however, argued:
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. Parents believe custody of the child should be restored to them, so they can make the medical decisions they believe are in their child’s best interest until [the child] turns 18 years of age.
Hendon’s order allows the grandparents to petition to have their granddaughter’s name changed legally.
The ruling also requires the girl to be evaluated by a psychologist not associated with the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, the current treatment facility.
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