Protection of Conscience Project
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Service, not Servitude

Service, not Servitude

Body Modification

Could the threat of lawsuits rein in gender dysphoria doctors?

  • Michael Cook* | Critics of transgender treatment for children have been making heavy weather of persuading people that it could be medically dangerous. However, a well-documented feature in The Australian warns that transgender doctors could face class action suits if they continue to ignore research which claims that children are being harmed. . .
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Texas divorce case opposes two views of child transgenders

  • Michael Cook* | A bitter divorce case in Texas involving the custody of seven-year-old twin boys has turned toxic after the parents began disputing whether one of them is transgender. It has become a test case for the legitimacy of transgender medicine for children.  . .
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Consent not a defence, court tells body modification artist

  • Michael Cook* | Dr. Evil, a British body modification artist, has been found guilty of three counts of grievous bodily harm for tongue-splitting and nipple removal despite the fact that his clients consented to the procedures. The argument put forward in court by Dr Evil, aka Brendan McCarthy, was strongly supported in the community. A petition with 13,400 signatures argued "for the right to express ourselves in whatever modified manner we wish in a safe environment". ..
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Womb transplants could be a “vital medical service” for transgender women

  • Michael Cook* | A well-known British cosmetic surgeon says that transgender women (ie, natal males) should be entitled to womb transplants when the technique becomes safe and feasible. Children have already been born after womb transplants from live and deceased donors. .  .
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If sex reassignment surgery is the answer, what is the question?

  • Michael Cook* | Sex reassignment surgery requires the intervention of doctors. But what kind of treatment is it? Is it a therapy for a disease which should be offered only after psychiatric authorization? Or is it a biomedical enhancement which anyone can freely choose?. . .
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Transgender treatment for kids finally under ethical scrutiny

  • Michael Cook* | More and more young people believe they were born in the wrong body. . . .However, there are no long-term studies which support medical interventions for children, which can include “top” and “bottom” surgery for children over 16.   What are the ethics of treating children with untrialled treatment? Surprisingly little has been written about this. . .
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