In April 2021 the legislature of the U.S. State of Arkansas introduced a bill that prohibited doctors from providing gender-transition treatments to people under 18 years old. The bill would make it a felony for doctors to administer puberty blockers, hormones and gender-reaffirming surgery to anyone under the age of 18. Opponents of the bill argue that it is an assault on transgender rights and that transition treatments are a private matter that should be decided between parents, their children and doctors. Supporters of the bill argue that children are too young to make the decision to receive gender transition treatment and only adults over the age of 18 should be allowed to do so.
Yes, but I don’t think it’s right
yes. yes. omg. yes, why the hell shouldnt they? because you dont beleive in it? keep your oppinion to yourselves, they arent bothering you so shut up.! they have the right to be who they want to be, imagine if you were in their shoes? would you want to not be allowed to be who thhey want to be? I. will. fight. you. on. this.
Depends on the kids decision. Gender transition treatments under 16 is not a good idea.
If a child is sure they are trans prior to puberty why would you legislate that doctors are not allowed to stop that puberty? Puberty blockers are entirely reversible but the effects of hormones are not. Forcing a trans kid to go through their puberty is effectively the same as forcing a cis kid to go on trans hormone treatments.
Yes. Some children have surgeries beyond their control, which can lead to psychological distress in their adolescent and adult years. Some surgeries can be deemed unnecessary and solely for profiting on the doctor's behalf. Sometimes children never really asked for these correctional surgeries due to their naturally born chromosomes (even if abnormal). I think those under 18 should have a choice as to whether they DO OR DON'T want gender transition treatments or any surgical operation pertaining to an autosomal dominant inheritance. A doctor should never instill fear, superficial opinion, or control as to whether the child should undertake any surgical operation. That decision should be left for the individual not the doctor.
yes but only after extensive therapy, advice, and with parental consent
Yes, but only hormonal treatment that can be reversible
To be clear there are irreversible effects to hormone replacement therapy, these are the same effects that trans people commonly need reversed surgically if they are denied healthcare before puberty, or if they don't figure it out in time.
Unless they are trans then they shouldn’t be allowed to
no, because people under the age of 18 usually don’t make the best decisions and they could change their minds. just like with tattoos
except its not like tattoos at all? detransitioners exists but that doesn't mean trans kids don't deserve medical treatment. I don't think you understand some trans kids experience gender dysphoria (the "i'm in the wrong kind of body" feeling) so severely that they take their life.
I do believer this is important, but I do not believe myself to be in a position to decide this. I do not know enough to really say I can vote with confidence and stand by it. I do, however, believe that what the child wants does in fact matter and should absolutely be taken into account. It is important to at least make sure they heard and feel acknowledged.
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