Gender confirmation surgery ‘takes place’ for under 18s

Australian editor Bernard Lane says gender confirmation surgeries “take place in Australia on patients under the age of 18”.

“The family court was given a special role to oversee these cases… what happened is that between 2013 and 2018 there was a campaign to get the family court to remove itself from the equation as much as possible,” he told Sky News presenter Peta. credlin.

“The gender clinics and human rights lawyers said that the family court’s approval in these cases of fewer than 18 gender medicines was unnecessary, discriminatory and delayed everything.”

Mr Lane said until 2018 the Family Court had to approve cases of mastectomy to proceed for a patient under the age of 18.

“In 2018 – in a case called Re Matthew – the Family Court said ‘you do not need to come to us for approval for surgery under the age of 18 – mastectomy – unless there is a disagreement between doctors and patients’.”

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