As Europe bans puberty blockers, Canada doubles down on transgender treatments for kids

The National Post reports: “Doctors’ groups across Canada are urging the provinces not to interfere with ‘evidence-based’ medical treatment of children with gender dysphoria.

But others say what little evidence exists points to using caution and restricting treatments for minors, and that Canada’s medical leaders are ignoring shifting trends in gender-affirming care.

England last week announced children with gender dysphoria would no longer be routinely prescribed puberty suppressing hormones at publicly funded gender clinics, after the country’s National Health Service concluded insufficient evidence exists to support the safety of puberty blockers. The ban is in response to public consultations held on an interim policy announced last June.

Blockers will be available only to children enrolled in study trials, and those already receiving treatment. Doctors can apply for approval on a case-by-case basis, but must explain why the child’s circumstances are exceptional…”

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