By Jonathon Van Maren
It’s finally happening. Dr. Jordan Peterson predicted it would happen years ago; conservative lawyers have been warning of this outcome; feminist activists have been hoping for it: According to The Times, 1,000 families will be suing the Tavistock Clinic Gender and Identity Development Service (GIDS) over the transgender “treatments” given to minors.
If this unfolds the way The Times is reporting, the impact will be enormous: “Lawyers expect about 1,000 families to join a medical negligence lawsuit alleging vulnerable children have been misdiagnosed and placed on a damaging medical pathway.”
Parents are accusing GIDS at the gender clinic of “multiple failures in its duty of care,” including “allegations that it recklessly prescribed puberty blockers with harmful side effects” and an “unquestioning, affirmative approach” to children who believed themselves to be transgender.
The Times reports that Pogust Goodhead, a law firm, has “announced it is pursuing a group litigation order against the trust, which has treated 19,000 children with gender dysphoria since 1989.” People treated at the clinic are already coming forward to join the class action, and it is reported that papers will be filed with the High Court within a half-year.
According to lawyer Tom Goodhead:
Children and young adolescents were rushed into treatment without the appropriate therapy and involvement of the right clinicians, meaning that they were misdiagnosed and started on a treatment pathway that was not right for them. These children have suffered life-changing and, in some cases, irreversible effects of the treatment they received…We anticipate that at least 1,000 clients will join this action.