Uninformed consent

A solidarity too many.

Of course it’s vital that every child receive good health care, but good health care isn’t cutting off the breasts of teenage girls who say they feel like boys. Good health care is not putting such girls on puberty blockers. Good health care is not understanding the child’s needs exactly the way the child does, but rather understanding those needs the way an adult with medical training and experience does.

And what does it actually have to do with Amnesty anyway?

What is Amnesty UK?

We are Amnesty International UK. We work to protect people wherever justice, freedom, truth and dignity are denied.

As a global movement of over seven million people, Amnesty International is the world’s largest grassroots human rights organisation.

We investigate and expose abuses, educate and mobilise the public, and help transform societies to create a safer, more just world. We received the Nobel Peace Prize for our life-saving work.

It’s a human rights organization.

Ok so is there a human right to get invasive surgery that includes amputation of healthy body parts? Is there a human right to lifelong cross-sex hormones? Is that the only relevant right? If you think those are rights, and unquestionable absolute rights at that, is there perhaps also a competing right to medical information and advice that’s not shaped by campaign groups like Stonewall and/or furious advocates on Twitter? Is it really a right to get medical interventions that are based on a new and eccentric and hotly disputed dogma about people who are in “the wrong body”? Really really? Are they sure they’ve thought about it carefully enough? Are they sure there can be no harm done? (They can’t be, really, when there are people like Keira Bell.)

There were a lot of regrets when the Recovered Memory craze fizzled out. My guess is that there will be a lot of regrets about this craze eventually. It’s sad about all the people who will be messed up before that happens.

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