A member of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s cabinet signaled last week the government may move to ban transgender treatments for minors out of a desire to prevent “irreversible” damage.
Liz Truss, who is the Minister for Women and Equalities as well as Minister of State for Trade Policy, made the comments to a parliamentary committee Wednesday.
“I believe strongly that adults should have the freedom to lead their lives as they see fit,” she said, according to Sky News. “But I think it’s very important that while people are still developing their decision-making capabilities that we protect them from making those irreversible decisions.”
The government’s new rules would apply to those under 18.
James Kirkup, a writer for the British magazine The Spectator, noted puberty-blocking medications taken by children might reduce fertility in adulthood. He also repeated a truism among supporters of Truss: “A transgender child is like a vegetarian cat. You know who’s really making the decisions.” In other words, parents often are the ones pushing children to transition.
“Some people involved in the trans debate have been screaming for years now about this,” he wrote. “They say that the result of successful lobbying by trans campaigners, groupthink among clinicians and lack of oversight by politicians intent on staying out of the trans minefield is that a significant number of children are being subjected to serious, possibly irreversible and possibly harmful, medical treatment – a situation that will one day be recognised as a national scandal.”
The two sides, he noted, have opposing worldviews: One side wants to protect children from making…