It was a controversial ruling an Ohio judge said was best for a transgender teenager but the decision is making headlines after the parents were left behind.
Last week, a judge in Hamilton County awarded custody of a 17-year-old teenage girl, who wants to be a boy, to her grandparents and allow them to make medical decisions regarding her transition.
The girl's parents, who had allowed the teen to undergo counseling, objected to the medical transition in part due to their Christian faith.
Speaking on his "Washington Watch" radio program, Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council called the case disturbing.
Aaron Baer of Ohio-based Citizens for Community Values agreed and told Perkins the case is unprecedented in so many ways.
"People have been warning for years about what is happening with the growth of government, and the intrusion of government and family life, that we've been saying this is coming," he warned. "And now we actually see it come into fruition in Cincinnati…"
The parents didn't want the teenager to take dangerous drugs, Baer points out, but the child was taken from them and put into the temporary custody of the county while the parents and grandparents went to court.
The parents had already allowed the child to live with her grandparents, who were siding with the child, but the ruling gives the grandparents the right to decide the teenager's medical treatments.
"That is truly government intrusion into our lives," he told the radio show.
A children's clinic in Cincinnati, where the teen underwent therapy until the parents stopped it, is expected to treat the teenager.
In a related article for The Daily Signal, Ryan T. Anderson of The Heritage Foundation writes that Americans can expect to see more cases like this as government officials side with transgender activists to promote a radical view of the human person and endorse entirely experimental medical procedures.
"At stake are not only parental rights," he writes, "but the well-being of children who suffer from gender dysphoria."