For the first time ever, a high court has ruled that teens 16 and under are unable to make life-changing decisions regarding gender transitioning treatments.
The High Court in the United Kingdom ruled teens under 16-years-of-age cannot, on their own, decide to receive life-altering transgender hormones.
The head of the American College of Pediatricians, Dr. Michelle Cretella, predicts this decision will have worldwide implications.
"It's a definite step in the right direction,” she tells One News Now. “It's a victory for commonsense and a victory for children everywhere, not just in the U.K. “
Dr. Cretella gives much credit to 23-year-old Keira Bell, who underwent transition treatments when she was 16. She decided later to de-transition.
"Keira Bell is one of a growing population of young women who are seeking to de-transition. And we just have to thank her for her courage and bravery to come forward like this,” Dr. Cretella says.
The Tavistock and Portman Foundation, a mental health trust in Camden, London, opposes the ruling and is seeking permission to appeal.