Consent form for trans child’s hormone therapy was insufficient, lawyer argues at appeal court

Sep 5, 2019 by

Part of the reason for the deficiency, he said, is that there hasn’t been enough scientific study on testosterone treatment in adolescents

VANCOUVER — A lawyer for a B.C. father challenging his 14-year-old transgender child’s decision to pursue gender-affirming hormone therapy argued Wednesday that B.C. Children’s Hospital failed to sufficiently outline potential risks of the “untested” treatment.

During the resumption of a three-day hearing before the B.C. Court of Appeal, Herb Dunton argued that an “informed consent” form presented to the child by the hospital’s gender clinic was highly deficient. Part of the reason for the deficiency, he said, is that there hasn’t been enough scientific study on testosterone treatment in adolescents.

“To a considerable degree, long-term effects aren’t known because they haven’t been studied. We’re using testosterone in this way … and it’s never been tested or approved for this use by any body that I’m aware of,” he said.

But at one point, a member of the three-person appeal court panel, Chief Justice Robert Bauman, said he was having “great difficulty” accepting the argument that an endocrinologist at the clinic had failed in his ethical and professional duties to obtain informed consent from the child.

Source: Consent form for trans child’s hormone therapy was insufficient, lawyer argues at appeal court | Calgary Herald

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