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Hormone blockers: Judges assess whether children should be treated

BMJ 2020; 371 doi: (Published 09 October 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;371:m3940
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. The BMJ

The High Court in London is to rule on whether children with gender dysphoria can continue to be given hormone blockers to delay puberty without a judge’s declaration that the treatment is in their best interests.

Three senior judges are expected to give judgment on the issue within weeks, after a two day court hearing.

Keira Bell, 23, who was treated as a teenager, and “Mrs A,” the mother of a 16 year old girl with autism who is on the waiting list for treatment, are challenging NHS guidelines on the use of hormone blockers. They argue that the guidelines are unlawful because …

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