Girl Guide leaders rail against trans policy

Girl Guide leaders are protesting against new rules allowing boys who claim to be girls to share changing rooms, tents and shower facilities with girls.

Guidance released by Girlguiding UK last year says biological males can “use the facilities of the gender that they self-identify as”.

It also advises leaders not to inform parents if their daughter will be sharing facilities with a boy. Some leaders say girls’ concerns are being overlooked.

Uncomfortable

Twenty leaders have written to Girlguiding’s headquarters to challenge the rules, which apply to all girl guides aged 5 to 25, but they say they have been ignored.

Helen Watts, one of the leaders defending girls’ safety, said the emphasis is being placed on the demands of trans activists “and not on the needs and views of the other girls”.

Parents Lindsay and Richard are uncomfortable with the pressure being put on girls ahead of their daughter going away on her first camp.

Safety

“You are putting the onus on a young girl to say whether or not she is uncomfortable sharing with a boy”, they said. “It could lead to her being labelled transphobic if she says she is unhappy.”

The guidelines came under fierce criticism when they were released, with feminist campaigner Julie Bindel saying: “This signifies the end to girl-only space and the safety of girls in single-sex organisations.”


Man legally changes his gender to get early retirement

An Argentinian man has legally changed his gender so that he can retire five years early and has rebuffed critics by saying he does not have to “explain anything to anyone”.

Sergio Lazarovich, a tax worker, is 60 years old, and laws in the country state that men must be 65 to receive a state pension. Women are allowed to draw their pension at 60.

A family member has said Sergio is simply cheating the pension system.

Taking advantage

Describing his decision as a “totally selfish and harmful act”, the anonymous relative told a local Argentinian newspaper: “It saddens me to be related to a person capable of stooping so low to get what he wants.

“He is taking advantage of the law.”

Head of the local civil registry, Matias Assennato, added: “This is a clear case of misuse of retirement rights and of the law on gender identity”.

Sergio has claimed that his decision is personal and he does “not have to explain anything to anyone”. Once his pension application is received, officials say it will be up to lawyers to decide whether or not it is legitimate.

‘Self-identify’

The UK Government announced last year that the Gender Recognition Act would be reviewed, saying medical checks should be removed to allow for the legal ‘self-declaration’ of gender.

Both Prime Minister Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn have spoken out in favour of such plans – with the Labour leader saying he wanted people to be able to ‘self-identify’ their sex.

But women’s groups, therapists, doctors, academics, campaigners and transgender activists have challenged politicians over the idea.

The plans have been delayed in England and Wales but Scotland is pressing ahead with the issue.

Daughter to ‘son’

The fifth Earl of Balfour suggested last November that after his death, one of his daughters could declare herself to be male in order to receive his title and inherit the family home.

The Earl has four daughters and no sons. According to the law of primogeniture, his title would pass on to his younger brother.

In a letter to The Times, the Earl suggested that his daughter could claim his title “as a son” by declaring “that there has always been a man screaming to get out of her female body”.

“What is there to stop someone from changing gender and taking a title? I think it would be interesting question for constitutional lawyers”, he told The Telegraph.


‘Pro-abortion campaigners care more about animal rights than human life’, says German Health Minister

Pro-abortionists in Germany have been accused by the Minister for Health of putting animal rights above the rights of unborn children.

Jens Spahn made the comments as he spoke out against calls to lift the country’s ban on allowing doctors to advertise abortion services.

Opponents attacked him on the grounds that abortion was an ‘extraneous topic’.

‘Human life’

Spahn said: “Some of those who now want to promote abortions are uncompromising enough when it comes to animal rights”.

He added that “in this debate they no longer take into account that it’s a question of human life”.

Spahn has been tipped as a possible successor to Angela Merkel as Chancellor of Germany.

‘Extremist’

A similar argument was made about abortion in the UK in a recent article for The Spectator, entitled: ‘Why are animals more important than unborn children?’.

Ross Clark highlighted that there have been “animal laws by the dozen” over the past twenty years but there is “an utter refusal on the part of our main political parties” to even discuss the issue of abortion.

“There seems to be an unwritten rule in politics that the issue must not be discussed, and that anyone holding views which are disapproving of current practice on abortion must be dismissed as an extremist”.

1967 Abortion Act

Clark continued: “This is in spite of obvious evidence that abortion as conducted in Britain is completely at odds with the word of the law.

“Under the 1967 act that legalised abortion, it is clearly stated that it is only supposed to be used in situations where the mother’s physical or mental health is at risk or if the baby were to be born seriously handicapped.

“Few would even pretend that abortion is being restricted to these cases.”

Industrial scale destruction

He asked how the public can be so concerned about protecting animals, “yet seem blithely indifferent about the industrial-scale destruction of human foetuses?”

“I find it extraordinary that so many of us apparently value the lives of furry creatures over those of humans”.


Student Booted From University’s Religious Studies Course For Contending There Are Only Two Genders

INDIANA, Pa. — A student at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania says he was kicked out of his religious studies course for contending in class that there are only two genders and for providing his views when his professor had asked to hear from women only.

Lake Ingle says that on Feb. 28, his class was shown a TED Talk recording of former church planter and pastor Paul Williams, who now goes by the name Paula, as he discussed “mansplaining,” “male privilege,” and male sexism. The video was part of a study on “Christianity 481: Self, Sin, and Salvation,” and was entitled “I’ve lived as a man & a woman—here’s what I learned.”

Ingle states that at the end of the recording, his female professor asked for comment from women only. After no girls in the class sought to speak, he decided to provide his point of view, stating that biologists believe that there are only two biological genders. He also outlined why he disagrees that there is a wage gap between men and women.

“The floor was opened, and not a single woman spoke. Thirty seconds or so passed and still no woman had spoken. So, I decided it was permissible for me to enter the conversation, especially because I felt the conversation itself was completely inappropriate in its structure,” Ingle recalled to Campus Reform. “It was during my objection that Dr. [Alison] Downie attempted to silence me because I am not a woman.”

Ingle is officially accused of “[d]isrespectful objection to the professor’s class discussion structure; refusal to stop talking out of turn; angry outbursts in response to being required to listen to a trans speaker discuss the reality of white male privilege and sexism; disrespectful references to the validity of trans identity and experience; [and making a] disrespectful claim that a low score on any class work would be evidence of professor’s personal prejudice.”

Days later, he received a letter from Provost Timothy Moerland advising him that Downie wanted him removed from the class.

“Due to the serious nature of this issue, you are barred from attending this class in accordance with the Classroom Disruption policy,” Moerland wrote. “You will not be allowed to return to class until the pending academic integrity charges against you are fully adjudicated.”

Ingle believes that the university is infringing upon his right to free speech and to present ideas that differ with what is being indoctrinated by his professor.

“My professor pretty much just tried to shut me up because she was just letting women speak,” he told Fox News. “I brought up the fact that biologists don’t agree that there’s more than two genders and I said the wage gap she’s referring to—77 cents on the dollar—that even the New York Times debunked that.”

Ingle, who now has obtained legal representation, also told Campus Reform that “the wording in the [accusatory] documents is not only exaggerated, but more than one line is entirely untruthful and is done so purposefully to discredit my views and paint me as intolerant and ignorant.”

He said that he is not seeking to prove his views correct in fighting the charges, but is rather wanting to defend the right to disagree. Ingle, a senior, also needs to be able to complete the course in order to graduate.


Obama directive easing school discipline for minority students fueling classroom chaos

President Barack Obama speaks before signing the "Every Student Succeeds Act," a major education law setting U.S. public schools on a new course of accountability, Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015, in Washington. The law will change the way teachers are evaluated and how the poorest performing schools are pushed to improve. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

The Trump administration is being accused of racism for targeting an Obama-era directive compelling schools to ease up on discipline for minority students — even though the policy has made life more difficult for kids, including minorities, stuck in increasingly unruly classrooms.

Ask Virginia Walden Ford, who runs a church-based after-school snack program in Little Rock. She was recently surprised when a young, fearful black girl turned up before the end of the school day and admitted she had skipped class.

Why? She had been involved in a fight the day before with another girl, but the school had refused to suspend her assailant, and she worried that the girl would try to pick a fight with her again.

“She had been continually bullied all year long,” recalled Ms. Ford, an EdChoice board member. “My advice was, ‘Talk to your counselor, teacher, parents,’ but she made it really, really clear to me that day that that’s not doing any good. Her school does not want to suspend students. They’re trying to keep the suspension rate down.”

The girl isn’t alone. Critics of the 2014 Dear Colleague — an advisory on non-discriminatory school discipline, issued by the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights — say the policy has been enormously successful in reducing suspensions and expulsions, but it’s also made schools more chaotic, even dangerous.

Those kind of things are changing the environment of the school so that kids who need to feel safe, kids who really, really want to learn, we’re seeing higher dropout rates,” said Ms. Ford, who spoke at a March 12 Heritage Foundation forum. “We’re seeing kids staying home. It’s a battleground for children instead of a safe haven for children. And we’ve seen it since the Obama administration policy.”

Manhattan Institute senior fellow Max Eden cited an analysis released in December by the Philadelphia public schools showing that truancy rates, after ticking down for years, have skyrocketed, along with “serious misbehavior and declining achievement.”

“Evidence is mounting that efforts to fight the school-to-prison pipeline is creating a school climate catastrophe and has if anything put at-risk students at greater risk,” said Mr. Eden at a Dec. 8 hearing of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.

Accusations of racism

Even so, efforts to dismantle or scale back the Obama-era policy have been met with accusations of racism from advocates of “restorative justice,” as evidenced most recently by the reaction to the Trump administration’s recent school-safety initiative.

The White House unveiled March 12 an immediate action plan to “secure our schools” after last month’s deadly Parkland school shooting as well as the formation of the Federal Commission on School Safety, chaired by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.

The commission was charged with making recommendations on a dozen “areas of focus,” including “repeal of the Obama administration’s ‘Rethink School Discipline’ policies,” prompting a flurry of media criticism.

“When Republicans Go After Children of Color, Democrats Need to Fight Back,” said the Washington Monthly headline on a March 14 column by Nancy LeTourneau.

“In a sick irony, some on the right would use the recent school shooting in Parkland, Fla. — allegedly committed by a young man who carved swastikas into the magazines for his semiautomatic rifle — as a pretext to roll back civil rights protections for students of color,” said New York Times columnist Michelle Goldberg in a March 12 op-ed.

During her rocky “60 Minutes” interview on March 11, Ms. DeVos received an earful from host Lesley Stahl on why she shouldn’t repeal the policy.

“Yeah, but let’s say there’s a disruption in the classroom and a bunch of white kids are disruptive and they get punished, you know, go see the principal,” said Ms. Stahl. “But the black kids are, you know — they call in the cops. I mean, that’s the issue: Who and how the kids who disrupt are being punished.”

‘Unconscious bias’

There’s no question that black students are suspended and expelled at higher rates than other students, in some cases two to three times higher, a “disparate impact” that the Obama administration attributed to the unconscious or conscious bias of teachers and administrators.

The 2014 policy came in part in reaction to the “zero tolerance” policies adopted in the 1990s, which required expelling students for certain violations but fell out of favor amid reports of severe punishments for relatively innocuous behavior.

Critics argue that the racial disparity exists even in schools run by predominantly black principals and staff, and that the cure — doing everything possible to avoid suspending or expelling minority kids — has hurt other minority students and pushed schools to adopt illegal race-based discipline quotas under threat of a federal investigation.

In a Jan. 19 study, University of San Diego Law School professor Gail Heriot and Alison Somin argued that the Obama discipline policy had “contributed to the problem of disorderly classrooms, especially in schools with high minority enrollment.”

“Those who cry ‘racism’ at the Trump administration for even considering the repeal of the Dear Colleague letter need to stop and think,” said Ms. Heriot, a U.S. civil-rights commissioner. “Minority students — those who are trying to learn amid increasing classroom chaos — are the primary victims of the Obama-era policy.”

At the December commission hearing, former Obama administration officials argued that “exclusionary discipline” has contributed to the “school to prison pipeline” by depriving students of the tools they need to succeed.

Commissioner Peter Kirsanow asked them to respond to 2014 federal figures showing that 2.8 million students reported missing school in the last 30 days for fear of being assaulted by students in their class.

Former Education Department senior policy adviser Kristen Harper described that as the wrong focus.

“We do ourselves a disservice and really sort of steer the conversation in the wrong direction when we try to say, ‘Well, what is the impact of the disruptive students on the non-disruptive students?’” said Ms. Harper. “Instead, our conversation really should focus on how we support educators and support schools.”


United Methodist Clergy Woman Loses License for Officiating Same-Sex ‘Wedding’

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — A United Methodist clergy woman in Tennessee has had her ministerial license revoked for officiating a same-sex “wedding” in violation of the UMC’s Book of Discipline.

The Holston Conference of the United Methodist Church withdrew the license of Anna Golladay, associate pastor at both St. Marks and St. Elmo United Methodist in Chattanooga, on Feb. 28.

Golladay said that she knew the Book of Discipline prohibited leaders from conducting same-sex ceremonies, but did it anyway.

“Ceremonies that celebrate homosexual unions shall not be conducted by our ministers and shall not be conducted in our churches,” section 341.6 reads.

“If I am going to step out in faith knowing that I am potentially crossing a line based on the rules of a man-made book, I wanted to be intentional about that,” Golladay told local television station WTVC. “I wanted to be sure that it was exactly what God intended me to do.”

“I very intentionally agreed to this wedding because I believed wholly in my call to be their pastor,” she said.

Both congregations are open and affirming of homosexuals.

District Superintendent Randy Martin learned of the matter after being provided with a photo of the event and advised that it was Golladay who officiated the ceremony. Golladay was subsequently contacted about the matter, and as she confirmed that she was indeed involved, he submitted the information to the Scenic South District Committee on Ministry.

The Committee then voted to revoke her license, the announcement of which was made on March 4.

According to the United Methodist News Service, Martin said that Golladay may still continue to be a member of the two locations and is free to be involved in any activities.

One member of St. Elmo, who identifies as a homosexual and is the chair of the Staff-Parish Relations Committee, told reporters that he wants the prohibition removed from the Book of Discipline.

“We do understand that it is in the Book of Discipline, that is was wrong, but the Book of Discipline needs to be changed,” he told WTVC, claiming that Golladay was only doing God’s work.

However, as previously reported, Christians believe that sexual relations between those of the same sex are clearly prohibited by God’s immutable moral laws, and that all men are born with sinful inclinations that are a distortion from God’s original design at Creation. The sinful nature of man is why Jesus said in John 3:3, “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God.”

“After Paul had reviewed his catalog of sin and warned that those who give themselves to such sins will not inherit the Kingdom of God, he turned to the Church and reminded Christians, ‘Such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God’ (1 Corinthians 6:11),” writes Albert Mohler, as published on DesiringGod.com.

“This text declares that Christians, saved by the grace of God, are those who have come out of these patterns of sin, who have been justified, and whom the Holy Spirit progressively conforms to the image of the Lord Jesus Christ,” he explains.

Mohler says that this gospel hope of regeneration and rebirth for all men—no matter what the sin—is, of course, not proclaimed by the secular world.

“This message of transformation by the grace of God—the presentation of atonement and redemption in full biblical glory—stands in stark contrast to the message homosexuals are given by the secular world. Therapists, sexologists, physiologists, and sociologists say to homosexuals, ‘This is who you are. Just claim your identity as a homosexual man or woman and press for full rights in the normalization of your lifestyle,’” he laments.

“Christians have no right to excise homosexuality from the Bible, but our ultimate purpose is to move from the diagnosis of sin to the power of the gospel. We are the people who know that Christ has won the victory,” Mohler exhorts.

“The God of the Bible is not only clear in judgment, but powerful to save. The Church must declare without reservation the Bible’s doctrine of regeneration. This is not a self-help program or a mere sexual recovery program—it is a comprehensive program of transformation as the dead are made alive. The old things have passed away even as all things become new.”


Ordered to kill patients, docs tell bureaucrats to drop dead

Hippocratic Oath

So-called progressives in Canada keep working to erode moral beliefs, this time literally in the name of killing fellow Canadians. But there is pushback, too.

The newest target is hospice care in British Columbia, where officials overseeing a public health region have declared that hospice facilities must participate in euthanizing dying patients.

Tamara Jansen of the Association for Reformed Political Action(ARPA) tells OneNewsNow the health region known as Fraser Health Authority has undergone a sweeping change after new board members took over and the New Democrat Party won recent elections.

“And we suddenly had an edict come out,” she reports, “saying that hospice, which is not meant for hastening death in any way, must allow for euthanasia services to be practiced there.”

Euthanasia is legal in Canada, where it’s known as medical assistance in dying, or MAID, while the government offers free – but increasingly expensive – healthcare for all.

The new edict blatantly ignores the conscience rights of medical personnel, who were assured by Fraser that the new euthanasia law would not affect them.

IV needle assisted suicideAnd now medical staff is fighting back. At a February meeting to discuss the order, an administrator at one hospice facility, Delta, called the order “bullying” and another Delta official plainly refused to follow the order, according to a news story about the meeting.

A doctor who oversees palliative care for Fraser Health resigned in protest over the new order, the story reported.

Legislative Assembly of British Columbia member Mary Polak told Fraser officials at the February meeting that MAID is another word for “killing people” while palliative care is not.

“Hospice is meant to give someone a natural death,” Jansen tells OneNewsNow. “Give families times to be together, perhaps even time to reconcile at the end of life and just give true comfort. It is never meant to hasten death.”

In Ontario, meanwhile, doctors have been told they must permit euthanasia on patients or refer them to a doctor who will – or get out of the profession.

Judge Rules Idaho Cannot Deny Amended Birth Certificates to Men Who Identify as Women

Scripture states that those who turn God’s creation “upside down” are like the clay telling the potter that he doesn’t know what he’s doing.

Romans 9:20 says, “Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to Him that formed it, ‘Why hast thou made me thus?’”

Isaiah 29:16 also declares, “Surely your turning of things upside down shall be esteemed as the potter’s clay, for shall the work say of Him that made it, ‘He made me not?’ Or shall the thing framed say of Him that framed it, ‘He had no understanding?’”

Deuteronomy 22:5 further outlines, “The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment, for all that do so are abomination unto the Lord thy God.”

“Doth not even nature itself teach you that if a man have long hair it is a shame unto him?” 1 Corinthians 11:14 additionally notes.

BOISE, Idaho — A federal judge has ruled that the State of Idaho cannot legally decline to issue amended birth certificates to those who suffer from gender dysphoria, concluding that refusals violate the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.

“Defendants … violate the Equal Protection Clause by failing to provide an avenue for transgender people to amend the sex listed on their birth certificates,” wrote U.S. Magistrate Judge Candy Dale. “Plaintiffs have sufficiently demonstrated that they have suffered irreparable injury and harm that cannot be remedied by ordinary remedies at law.”

As previously reported, last July, Lambda Legal filed suit against the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (IDHW) on behalf of two men who identify as women in an effort to force the state to change the men’s birth certificates. Both have had their name and sex changed on their driver’s licenses and social security records, and now would like to have their birth certificates amended as well. Both have been turned down due to state policies.

“I just want a birth certificate that accurately reflects who I am,” one of the plaintiffs, only being identified as F.V., said in a statement after the legal challenge was filed. “I hope that Idaho will give me the dignity of deciding when complete strangers get to know deeply private information about my life. Like so many transgender people, I’ve been on the receiving end of harassment and outright violence. It costs Idaho nothing to correct this piece of paper and recognize me as the woman that I am.”

On Monday, Judge Dale sided with Lambda Legal and the complainants, issuing an injunction against any further denials, which she said had “no justification.”

“IDHW permits some classes of people, adoptive parents for instance, to make amendments to birth certificates without record of the amendment on the reissued certificate. IDHW has similar laws and policies related to the change of paternal information. These laws give certain people access to birth certificates that accurately reflect who they are, while denying transgender people, as a class, access to birth certificates that accurately reflect their gender identity,” she wrote.

Dale gave the State the deadline of April 6 to begin accepting applications for amended birth certificates. The new certificates cannot include any indication that the person’s name and sex had been altered.

According to reports, Idaho officials conceded that there was “no rational basis” for declining to change the birth certificates, but told the court that it would create a new rule once it obtained an official order.

Read Dale’s opinion and order here.

Lambda Legal cheered the ruling, calling the State’s policy and practice of denying amended birth certificates to men who feel like women—and vice versa—“archaic” and dangerous,” and claimed that it forced “transgender Idahoans to go through life with inaccurate birth certificates.”

As previously reported, Scripture states that those who turn God’s creation “upside down” are like the clay telling the potter that he doesn’t know what he’s doing.

Romans 9:20 says, “Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to Him that formed it, ‘Why hast thou made me thus?’”

Isaiah 29:16 also declares, “Surely your turning of things upside down shall be esteemed as the potter’s clay, for shall the work say of Him that made it, ‘He made me not?’ Or shall the thing framed say of Him that framed it, ‘He had no understanding?’”

Deuteronomy 22:5 further outlines, “The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment, for all that do so are abomination unto the Lord thy God.”

“Doth not even nature itself teach you that if a man have long hair it is a shame unto him?” 1 Corinthians 11:14 additionally notes.


Bigamist jailed after wives find each other on Facebook

A man who told his family he had cancer in order to secretly marry another woman has been jailed for just three months, after years of lies.

Michael Eels told his wife Andrea and their three children that he had terminal cancer and was moving around 350 miles away for “the best treatment possible”. Instead he married another woman.

Alongside his prison sentence, Eels has been ordered to pay each woman £1,000 in compensation, and has been given an indefinite restraining order.

Lies

Eels ‘revealed’ his terminal condition on a family holiday but married Sally Howard in 2009 and moved from East Sussex to Northumberland.

In order to cover up his lies, he would return to his family home in Eastbourne for a few days each month.

The second marriage was uncovered after Sally opened a Christmas card sent by Andrea to Eels and contacted her over Facebook. They met and soon discovered they were both married to the same man.

‘Devastated’

During the trial, Andrea gave a victim impact statement, saying: “Finding out that my husband had remarried came as a great shock. I genuinely believed he was suffering from jugular cancer.

“This caused me stress and worry. I had no one to talk to as I had to remain strong for our children. My children have been left without a father and no financial or emotional support.”

Speaking after the sentencing, she said: “I am devastated he only got three months. I was hoping for up to seven years. It’s better than nothing, but he’s only going to do it again”, claiming that he was already engaged to another woman.

Ant and Dec

Last month, another bigamist was jailed for just six months after he was spotted with his ‘second wife’ on national TV.

Daniel Gundry was spotted by his wife Helen when he appeared on the ITV show Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway alongside Susan Brooker.

Each year in England and Wales there are on average 18 prosecutions for cases of bigamy, according to the BBC.


Christian parents seek court order to stop daughter’s transition to male

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The parents of a 17-year-old teenage girl have asked an Ohio family court to issue an order to stop transgender hormone treatments for their daughter.

The unnamed girl, who wants to transition to being male, has been diagnosed with depression, anxiety disorder and gender dysphoria in 2016.

According to Metro Weekly, the teenager began having suicidal thoughts after her parents refused to acknowledge her gender identity.

The custody of the teenager has been temporarily granted to the Hamilton County Job and Family Services, which has placed the girl with her maternal grandparents. The medical team from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center has testified that there has been an improvement in the teenager’s condition because her grandparents treat her like a boy. The team contended that treatment should begin immediately to decrease the risk of suicide.

Karen Brinkman, an attorney representing the parents, acknowledged that it would be in the best interest of the teenager to continue living with her grandparents, but stressed that the parents are still best suited to retain custody and make medical decisions for their daughter.

The lawyer argued that the teenager’s current mental state impedes her from making an informed decision about health care.

“It does not appear that this child is even close to being able to make such a life-altering decision at this time,” Brinkman said.

The grandparents have previously stated that they are willing to allow the child to receive treatment for gender dysphoria, including hormone therapy, if it was medically necessary.

The daughter’s lawyer, Thomas Mellott, had testified that the girl had been enrolled in a Catholic school where she was forced to wear dresses and answer to her birth name. He said that her experience at the school had “caused additional trauma and anxiety” and that her “suicidal ideation” became more pronounced when she thought that this would continue to happen to her.

Hamilton County prosecutor Donald Clancy argued that the parents are basing their objections to the treatment on religious beliefs, not on the best interest of the child.

He noted that the father had testified that having the girl come home acting like a boy would “warp” her siblings’ perception of reality.

The complaint also alleged that the father had told the teenager to kill herself because she “was going to hell anyway” for her refusal to accept her female biology.

Brinkman refuted Clancy’s assertions, saying the parents’ objection to transgender hormone treatment comes from medical study, as well as religious beliefs.

She contended that the parents “have done their due diligence contacting medical professionals, collecting thousands of hours of research and relying on … their observation of their own child … that led them to the conclusion that this is not in their child’s best interest.”

Jeffrey Cutcher, the grandparents’ lawyer, had argued for a quick transfer of custody to the teenager’s grandparents, asserting that it would prevent the girl from committing suicide.

“What we want to do in the coming months around May is plan for a high school graduation, throughout the summer and fall, plan for an entrance into college. We don’t want to be planning for a funeral,” the grandparents’ lawyer said.