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Should minors be allowed to go through irreversible gender reassignment procedures?
It is important that gender reassignment procedures occur as early as possible.
Allowing children to transition when they express a desire to has a
on the child's mental health.
Widely adopted programs such as the
for treating gender dysphoria place an emphasis on affirming the individual's gender identity as soon as possible, with gender reassignment surgery being an important and encouraged step.
Puberty can be a uniquely difficult experience for those suffering from gender dysphoria, so it is often best to try avoid the experience if possible.
Some surgical procedures are
much more difficult
to perform on a fully mature adult.
While it may be beneficial for parents to allow their children to
, decisions regarding irreversible reassignment procedures should only be made once the child has reached cognitive maturity.
What is being proposed tends to lead to the
of a child before they have had time to decided if they want to have their own children.