By Zoe Zaczek For Daily Mail Australia 17:42 01 Oct 2019, updated 06:07 03 Oct 2019
Transgender children should be able to have surgery without parents permission
Australian Psychological Society made the claim in unpublished submission
APS says mandatory pre-surgery counselling can be 'an unnecessary burden'
[Ron: If theAustralian Psychological Society is justifying and recommending that children be encouraged to accept radical sexual self mutilation for gender fluidity reasons without pre-surgery counselling because it can be 'an unnecessary burden', presumably Australian psychologists will soon be justifying female sexual mutilation for cultural and/or religious reasons.].
Transgender children under the age of 16 should be able to undergo surgery without their parents' permission, according to Australia's top psychologists.
The Australian Psychological Society, which represents 24,000 professionals, says the disapproval of both parents should not inhibit a child under 16 from consenting to procedures.
But childrens' ability to make decisions must be assessed by 'competent' doctors, the APS said in an unpublished law reform submission, reported by The Australian.
It was only last year transgender children needed to seek the approval of the Family Court to have irreversible surgery.
The APS' stance comes from questions floated by the Tasmanian Law Reform Institute.
They are in the process of reviewing legislation which allows teenagers over 16 to change their gender identity on their birth certificate.