On Friday Ohio parents lose custody of their daughter for not supporting her venture into transgenderism. The 17-year-old girl claims to identify as a boy. Worse, she claims to have suicidal thoughts as a result of her parents not supporting her transgenderism. For example, the parents refuse to call her by her new male name. In addition the parents are fighting from custody back from the state so they can stop the transgender hormone treatment from happening.
An attorney representing the parents argues that the allegedly transgender daughter was not "even close to being able to make such a life-altering decision at this time." Those representing the daughter claims that "medical" team deemed the treatment an issue of life and death.
Custody has been granted to the girls' maternal grandparents, who happen to be open to the transgender hormone therapy. She has been living with them since 2016.
Also, Hamilton County Judge Sylvia Sieve Hendon granted the grandparents the option to change her name to her chosen male name in court. She is now covered by the insurance of her grandparents.
"The grandparents, rather than parents, will be the ones to help make medical decisions for the child going forward. But before any hormone treatment is allowed, the court ordered, the teen should be evaluated by a psychologist who is not affiliated with the current facility where he is receiving treatment, on 'the issue of consistency in the child's gender presentation, and feelings of non-conformity,'"
The parents get visitation rights. Yikes.
Per Daily Wire:
Karen Brinkman, the parents' attorney, argued that granting the grandparents custody was merely an act to circumvent "the necessity of parents' consent" and was not in the child's best interest.
The parents "have done their due diligence contacting medical professionals, collecting thousands of hours of research and relying on their observation of their own child ... that led them to the conclusion that this is not in their child's best interest," she said.
The parents' Christian faith was used against them in the case by Donald Clancy of the Hamilton County Prosecutor's Office.
"Father testified that any kind of transition at all would go against his core beliefs and allowing the child to transition would be akin to him taking his heart out of his chest and placing it on the table," argued Clancy.
Brinkman denied the allegations and argued that the parents believed hormone therapy was "unnecessary" and "would do more harm than good."
In her decision, Judge Hendon urged Ohio lawmakers to create legislation that "would give a voice and a pathway to youth" like the child who has been ripped from her parents to receive "gender therapy" without parents' consent.
"What is clear from the testimony presented in this case and the increasing worldwide interest in transgender care is that there is certainly a reasonable expectation that circumstances similar to the one at bar are likely to repeat themselves," wrote Hendon. "That type of legislation would give a voice and a pathway to youth similarly situated as (the teen) without attributing fault to the parents and involving them in protracted litigation which can and does destroy a family unit."
It seems like this is something that should be worked out by the family. If the biologically female child has suicidal thoughts before the surgery, it is of great concern. 45% of those in her age range commit suicide after the transgender surgery. Yet the state is making the decision for her to be able to move forward with it.
Reactions from Twitter:
Awful: Parents were stripped of custody rights in disagreeing with their child's decision to undergo "gender transition." Grandparents now have custody.
This is a *major* setback for parental rights and religious liberty. https://t.co/MiQiNnpusb
— Andrew T. Walker (@andrewtwalk) February 16, 2018
Ohio Christian Parents Lose Custody of 17-Year-Old Daughter for Refusing Her Transgender Drugs
Make. It. Stop.https://t.co/2QK05aajiZ
— Mr. Frexit 🇺🇸 (@MrFrexlt) February 19, 2018
The US government can now take away your child if you don't agree to change its gender. Is this the freedom they keep telling us about? https://t.co/ciP6NjkJKt
— Partisangirl 🇸🇾 (@Partisangirl) February 18, 2018