Transgender Children and the Right to Transition: Medical Ethics When Parents Mean Well but Cause Harm

  title={Transgender Children and the Right to Transition: Medical Ethics When Parents Mean Well but Cause Harm},
  author={Maura Priest},
  journal={The American Journal of Bioethics},
  pages={45 - 59}
  • Maura Priest
  • Published 1 February 2019
  • Psychology
  • The American Journal of Bioethics
In this article, I argue that (1) transgender adolescents should have the legal right to access puberty-blocking treatment (PBT) without parental approval, and (2) the state has a role to play in publicizing information about gender dysphoria. Not only are transgender children harmed psychologically and physically via lack of access to PBT, but PBT is the established standard of care. Given that we generally think that parental authority should not go so far as to (1) severally and permanently… 

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