Media Release

No More Puberty Blockers for Children in England: Why Are Australian Clinics Continuing?

The UK government has welcomed their nation’s National Health Service (NHS) decree that no English child should be placed on puberty blockers, but rather they will pivot their approach to ensure care for gender-dysphoric children is based on evidence and is in the ‘best interests of the child’. 

Wendy Francis, National Director of Politics for the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL), said, “This landmark decision follows a very considered UK government approach including an independent review of gender services for children under 18 as well as a transparent public consultation on the issue. 

“The expert Cass review revealed the shocking lack of long-term evidence on what happens to young people who are prescribed blockers, stating that it was ‘not possible to accurately track the outcomes and pathways that children and young people take through the service’.

“The UK announcement coincides with recent leaked World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) documents which revealed the truth behind transgender treatments and surgeries. The files expose shocking revelations, including clinicians’ awareness of the carcinogenic risks of testosterone and discussions surrounding patients who may have tragically perished due to hormone treatment.

“Despite these revelations, Australian clinics rely heavily on directives from the WPATH’s directives for gender care practices, placing themselves squarely on the wrong side of history.

“How many more Australian children will be irreversibly damaged by outdated and dangerous gender transition treatments for children before our government will allow an independent inquiry?” 

In the light of the UK announcement and the leaked WPATH files, the ACL calls for all gender transition treatments in Australian clinics to be immediately suspended until an urgent independent inquiry is initiated.

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