A popular transgender activist recently called for all children to be put on puberty blockers until they are able to decide which gender they want to be.
Lauren McNamara, known by followers as “Zinnia Jones,” argued earlier this month that children should be legally able to consent to the administration of puberty blockers since they already de facto consent to the “permanent and irreversible changes” that come naturally through puberty.
“If children can’t consent to puberty blockers which pause any permanent changes even with the relevant professional evaluation, how can they consent to the permanent and irreversible changes that come with their own puberty with no professional evaluation whatsoever?” she wrote on Twitter.
The YouTuber went on to argue that “an inability to offer informed consent or understand the long-term consequences is actually an argument for putting every single cis and trans person on puberty blockers until they acquire that ability.”
Her comments followed a court case in the U.K. involving Keira Bell, a 23-year-old biological female who sued the British National Health Service’s gender-identity youth clinic for prescribing her puberty blockers when she was 16 years old. Bell, who since regrets becoming a male, argued that the clinic did not do enough to “challenge” her decision to transition.
Judges ruled in the lawsuit that “it is highly unlikely that a child aged 13 or under would be competent to give consent to the administration of puberty blockers” and “it is doubtful that a child aged 14 or 15 could understand and weigh the long-term risks and consequences of the administration of puberty blockers.”
But, “in respect of young persons aged 16 and over, the legal position is that there is a presumption that they have the ability to consent to medical treatment,” read the ruling.
McNamara argued in her tweet thread that puberty became “optional” when technology was developed to “enable deliberate choice between natal puberty and puberty induced by cross-sex hormones.
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