Tavistock Appeal against the Keira Bell High Court judgment

The Tavistock appeal against the High Court judgment in the Keira Bell and Mrs A judicial review will be heard  on June 23rd and June 24th. The hearing is expected to start at 10.30 am and will be live-streamed on YouTube. The link can be accessed here.

This is a very important appeal hearing. The judgment of the court in the JR was as follows:

Transgender Trend was given permission by the judges to intervene in Keira Bell and Mrs A’s judicial review on the basis that our evidence was new and had not been covered in other witness statements. Our evidence concerned the unique cultural environment in which this generation is growing up, including the indoctrination of young people, both online and in schools, into a belief in ‘gender identity,’ a concept with no scientific basis. We also presented evidence of the different experiences of puberty for boys and girls, and the specific and unique difficulties and pressures faced by girls. A ‘gender neutral’ service that fails to distinguish or take into account differences between the sexes cannot research or understand why a disproportionate number of referrals to the Tavistock are adolescent girls.  

We are glad that the judges agreed we should continue as interveners in the Tavistock appeal hearing. Interveners are not permitted to present new evidence at an appeal, but we were able to submit our response to submissions by interveners for the Tavistock.

The original case was decided on the basis of rigorous evidence in support of Keira Bell’s case and a corresponding paucity of evidence from the Tavistock GIDS. The original evidence and witness statements are retained for the appeal hearing.

The High Court judgment did not ban the use of puberty blockers, but established a safeguarding framework whereby children are protected from making hasty decisions about medical interventions with lifelong consequences such as sterility and lack of normal sexual function. The court also did not establish age-specific rules about treatment, but provides a helpful legal guide for clinicians on the ability of children of various age-groups to give informed consent.

Children do not have the maturity or life experience to give informed consent to medical interventions with such devastating long-term consequences and we hope and expect that the appeal court will uphold the High Court’s judgment.

This Post Has 7 Comments

  1. Simon Baddeley

    It matters so much that this Appeal fails. Lives hang on the judgement which may not be delivered for some time.

    1. Karen

      True

  2. Ian+Court

    Amongst all the safeguarding and sex based rights issues surrounding trans radicalism, the destruction of the bodies and life chances of children and teenagers – in pursuit of an impossible goal – ranks as a global medical and societal scandal, The voices of those who will now suffer life long consequences from surgeries and chemical interventions started in childhood, must and will be heard.

  3. M Mcintyre

    Exactly what Ian+Court above said. I’m fact so good I’ll repeat it here.

    “Amongst all the safeguarding and sex based rights issues surrounding trans radicalism, the destruction of the bodies and life chances of children and teenagers – in pursuit of an impossible goal – ranks as a global medical and societal scandal, The voices of those who will now suffer life long consequences from surgeries and chemical interventions started in childhood, must and will be heard”

  4. G.P. Joyce

    Your last sentence says it all.
    Our children and teenagers simply do not have the wisdom or maturity to make such decisions. Those who take advantage of them and grow fat on the proceeds of this evil industry will one day soon be classed alongside the slave-masters of the past and present.
    Let us hope that sanity and good judgement prevail.

  5. Dick Heasman

    To wisdom and maturity, add experience. Until you have experienced the hormonal state that the chromosomes in your body are preparing you for, you can have no idea what it is going to be like for you. The outcomes of the watchful waiting approach show that in a large majority of young people, it turns out just fine. Many of these will become as lesbian or gay in adulthood. Parents and activists have to realise there is no harm in that.

  6. I agree that this is an extremely sensitive subject.
    The point is that not using hormone blockers before puberty, can generate irreversible changes in the body of a transgender person as well. I think the solution needs to be in the middle of the two problems: the regret for early hormone blocking and the irreversibility of puberty.
    In my conception, the mistake lies in not offering adequate psychological follow-up during the phase before hormone treatment.

    Jessa C.

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