Gender confirmation surgery ‘does take place’ for under 18s

The Australian’s Roving Editor Bernard Lane says gender confirmation surgery “does take place in Australia with patients under 18 years of age”.

“The Family Court was given a special role to supervise these cases … what happened is that between 2013 and 2018, there was a campaign to get the Family Court to remove itself from the equation as much as possible,” he told Sky News host Peta Credlin.

“The gender clinics and the human rights lawyers said that Family Court approval in these under 18 gender medicine cases was unnecessary and discriminatory and slowed everything down.”

Mr Lane said until 2018, the Family Court needed to approve cases of mastectomy to go ahead for a patient under the age of 18.

“In 2018 – in a case called Re Matthew – the Family Court said, ‘you don’t need to come to us for approval for under 18 surgery – mastectomy – unless there is a disagreement between doctors and patients’.”

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