The recent judgment from the High Court risks untold, irreparable damage to young trans people in England and Wales. It heralds nothing less than a new era of discrimination, treating trans youth differently from all other young people and barring them from accessing life-saving care.
The judgment does not make it a mandatory requirement for clinicians to seek judicial authority before prescribing puberty blockers to those under 18. The judgment did not decide that hormone blockers are illegal or unlawful.
However, the court ruling effectively makes it very difficult for expert clinicians, who see the need for hormone blockers, to offer life-saving treatment to trans young people under 16 without a court order. For Mermaids response click on this link or the image.