Oregon Reportedly Allows Children As Young As 15 To Secure Sex Change Without Parental Notice Or Consent

336px-Seal_of_Oregon.svgRainbowFlagVarious states have moved to allow children to secure birth control without the knowledge or notification of parents, including schools that reportedly will implant IUDs in children as young as sixth graders. Oregon however is going further still and reportedly allowed 15-year-olds to get a sex-change operation at state expense under its Medicaid program. What is curious is that Oregon officials are thus far refusing to discuss the program with media despite its obvious importance to the citizens of the state. If these reports are inaccurate, we should hear it directly from these officials. If this story is true, we are witnessing a significant change in our notion of parental rights without even a passing conversation over the basis and scope of such changes.

I have long been a critic of moves to exclude parents from notification of such procedures as abortions as a violation of parental rights. The idea that a child might be able to get such a sex-change operation without notification, let alone approval, of parents is astonishing. The notion that your son could return your daughter without notice is like a scene out of some sitcom.

Yet, Oregon Health Authority spokeswoman Susan Wickstrom said that the age of medical consent is set by state law and that age is 15 in Oregon. That allows the teenager to secure a sex-change operation and seek state coverage from the Health Evidence Review Commission (HERC). Since gender dysphoria is classified by the American Psychiatric Association as a mental disorder in which a person identifies as the sex opposite of his or her birth, the basis for refuse such an operation may be limited.

We have been discussing how medical and psychiatric experts are now approving the raising of boys and girls as young as five as the opposite gender. This obviously is a much more permanent course of change.

Nevertheless, Jenn Burleton, founder of the Portland non-profit group TransActive, insists that requiring parental consent would lead to more stress and even suicide: “Parents may not be supportive. They may not be in an environment where they feel the parent will affirm their identity, this may have been going on for years.” That is certainly true. However, they also may be supportive. They are a family and the parents raised this child.

It is important to note that a long list of criteria must still be met for such approval to occur. However, it is the lack of parental involvement that concerns me the most.

HERC estimates that as many as 112 Oregon kids may be gender dysphoric. The cost of cross-sex hormone therapy, puberty-suppressing drugs and sex reassignment surgeries are expected to be as high as $150,000 per year. However, HERC argues that the costs must be balanced against the education in suicides. It predicts that procedures will avoid one suicide a year with an average cost per suicide attempt in the U.S. is $7,234. Putting aside the merits of the program as a whole, that type of cost-benefit arguments seems highly questionable and illusory in my view. That does not mean that this program cannot be defended on medical or psychiatric grounds, but I do not believe that these are costs that are easily compared or measured.

In the end, we need to have a long-delayed discussion about parental rights in this nation for the array of different procedures and services for children without the notice or consent of parents.

What do you think?

104 thoughts on “Oregon Reportedly Allows Children As Young As 15 To Secure Sex Change Without Parental Notice Or Consent”

  1. “Unless the State of Oregon is prepared to forcibly separate parents from their children in order to change the child’s sexual organs and mutilate their bodies, the parents, who are still the parent, are responsible for the children have remedies they can take to prevent this from happening.”

    Bookmark your post.

    Progress, intelligently planned.

  2. DBQ – I had the same question about emancipation. I wonder if the parents would notice, eventually, but be prevented from doing a single thing about it because of the medical age of consent. And since they’re required to provide insurance, if this is a covered event, what could they do? Is there a copay for these procedures?

  3. Well, this is interesting. I was not aware that the requirement to determine medical competency is simply if the child understands the medical procedure. Will this be applied to anything that the child wants to do in opposition to the parent? A 13 year old’s understanding of the long term affects of her decisions would be far different than an 18 year old’s.

    Parent to 13 year old:

    You cannot see that boy. He does drugs and keeps getting in trouble. Do you understand that your decision against our wishes will expose you to drugs and crime? Yes? Well I guess we can’t do anything about it.

    You are not allowed to break curfew.

    You cannot wear a skirt that short.

    You cannot dye your hair blue or get piercings.

    I mean, literally anything the child wants in opposition to the parents, based on their values, would be permitted if the only requirement is that the child can comprehend the procedure. I am curious as to why the double standard? Plenty of decisions can be life altering. Why can parents get involved in those decisions, but not others?

    Does it boil down to “legally you are not the boss of me, I can do whatever I want, but you are required to financially support me?”

  4. Tony,
    Your post wasn’t about compromising a child’s healthcare but rather the competency of a child under the age of 16 to make reproductive health decisions. Nice try though.

  5. Actually, Randyjet makes the most relevant comment up in the beginning of this thread.

    It is absurd to think that a child could simply walk into a clinic, get a sex change operation and then walk back out.

    A child would have to be completely on his/her own, not living with the parents for a very long time in order to accomplish a sex change without their knowledge. It takes many months of hormone treatments. The effects of those treatments would be noticeable to even the most disengaged parents.

    Unless the State of Oregon is prepared to forcibly separate parents from their children in order to change the child’s sexual organs and mutilate their bodies, the parents, who are still the parent, are responsible for the children have remedies they can take to prevent this from happening. Removing them from the clutches of the State of Oregon is one.

    Emancipated minors can make these decisions, but it takes a rather involved court procedure to become emancipated. I don’t see a raft of emancipated minors who want to have sex change operations occurring in the near future.

  6. I heard that it was age 18 in America. There was some Constitutional Amendment called “18 Up and Out.”

  7. “Prof, why not wait to know that IT IS TRUE before fleshing out the skeleton?”

    Because by the time it is discovered TO BE TRUE it is codified into law.

  8. actually Alan is a birder-tinkerbell, fruit-boot…LMAO ROYAL!

  9. Oregon is full of looney activity…Alan Contreras is from this place, check out his weirdness…a birder, tinkerball…LMAO!

  10. If medical procedures can be performed on a child without parental consent, then is the child no longer legally under the parents supervision?

    The other question is if the child is getting medical procedures done WITHOUT parental consent, can the parents be held financially responsible?

    I would think NOT.

  11. I’m very happy to say that in the UK we fought and won this battle in the courts some decades ago. In short, religious nuts seek to limit their children’s access to healthcare and to the confidentiality that entails. This came to a head inGillick v West Norfolk and Wisbech Area Health Authority. The plaintiff, a Roman Catholic, sought to prevent doctors delivering confidential reproductive healthcare to under-sixteens. The House of Lords decided that if a child were competent to make a decision this could not be vetoed by a parent, and Lord Scarman established a test of competence: solely that the child fully understands the proposed medical procedure.

    This is still governing law in the UK. Religious loons cannot veto their competent children’s medical treatment here.


  12. Well, here is some more information on this topic:

    In the United States, however, it is coming to light that “transgender children” physicians, (that is, the doctors who have been championing and pioneering this practice without oversight), have been “going rogue” since the very start, ignoring all research and guidelines and pushing the limits of what the human bodies of these gender-nonconforming children are medically able to endure.

    Last month, in a program specifically addressed to medical students, Dr. Johanna Olson, director of the LA Children’s Hospital transgender children clinic, admitted that she has been “skipping the blockers” and placing children as young as twelve directly on cross-sex hormones, starting with her very first patient.

    Some are being started at an even younger age on the irreversible, lifetime treatments – which sterilize the children and introduce required ongoing medical monitoring, blood tests, etc. for the rest of their lives in a form of “elective” medical disability whose purpose, providers acknowledge, is essentially cosmetic.

    Mina Kelemen of Hustonia Magazine authored a well-researched overview of the practice in an article this week which vividly depicts the home life of a boy named “Nicole”, who was placed on cross-sex hormones at the age of eleven by his physician, under his parents consent. From the piece, titled “What Do Transgender Children Need?”:

    “Over the past 15 years, doctors have grown progressively more comfortable prescribing hormone blockers to transgender children, and transgender teenagers and their families aren’t waiting until adulthood for cross-sex hormones and sex reassignment surgery. They’re embarking on medically assisted transformations earlier. Much earlier. These days, such teens often learn about these procedures through a simple Google search, and the amount and availability of information out there is increasingly forcing parents like Nicole’s to make difficult decisions about whether to allow their children to undergo medical treatment, including life-altering hormones.

    Nicole was 11 when she decided she wanted hormone therapy to halt male puberty and promote the growth of feminine features. Her parents reluctantly agreed to support her decision, terrified by statistics showing that adolescents with gender dysphoria are at a higher risk for severe psychological distress, self-mutilation, and suicide. And so, for the past two years, Nicole has been taking pills twice a day—spironolactone, which blocks male hormones like testosterone, and estradiol, a synthetic form of estrogen often given as a hormone replacement to post-menopausal women, even though estradiol has been shown to increase the risk of breast cancer.

    More at the link:


    Squeeky Fromm
    Girl Reporter

  13. Typical, a whole post and conclusion based on an “IF TRUE!”
    And a whole bunch of rantings based on an “IF TRUE”.
    Prof, why not wait to know that IT IS TRUE before fleshing out the skeleton?

  14. If medical procedures can be performed on a child without parental consent, then is the child no longer legally under the parents supervision? Something is wrong with this picture.

  15. Well, I think this is all part of the Gay pedophile agenda! They won’t come right out and try to legalize it, they will just work on lowering the Age of Consent as part of a Children’s Rights campaign.

    As far as sex change surgery, I agree that a doctor and hospital probably wouldn’t do it for a 15 year old RIGHT NOW. But give it a few years and I would not be quite so sure. But they do seem to be giving hormones at a young age in some countries already. This is an interesting read:


    Squeeky Fromm
    Girl Reporter

  16. “The Reason Why Voting Is Restricted

    A closer examination of the subject shows us the motive which causes the right of suffrage to be based upon the supposition of incapacity. The motive is that the elector or voter does not exercise this right for himself alone, but for everybody…Why are they prevented? Because they are presumed to be incapable. And why is incapacity a motive for exclusion? Because it is not the voter alone who suffers the consequences of his vote; because each vote touches and affects everyone in the entire community; because the people in the community have a right to demand some safeguards concerning the acts upon which their welfare and existence depend.” Frederic Bastiat

  17. TinEar: “the Am Psychiatric Assn classifies gender dysphoria as a MENTAL disorder. Thus, a teen should be allowed psychiatric help, if desired, but major surgery and hormone treatments are not a normal course of treatment for mental or emotional problems. It is well documented that hormone treatments can cause cancer and have other serious long-term negative medical effects. I can’t imagine a teen being allowed to give informed consent for something that risky, as well as something so permanent as having his/her “private parts” removed. One of these nights I will likely see a t.v. pitchman saying, “Did the State of Oregon cut-off your dong when you were a teen? Call 1-800-BAD-LAWS.”

    Well said.

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