An Australian judge has ruled that a 17-year-old female will be allowed to have breast surgery. She plans to undergo a double mastectomy as part of a transsexual operation to become a male.
The judge stated that he felt it was a fairly easy decision to make. The teenager would be able to undergo breast surgery in a year once she turned 18. The main question to evaluate was, would it be likely that she would change her mind before her 18th birthday?
The judge felt that it was apparent that the teenager would not change her mind within the year. Therefore, there didn’t seem to be much of a point in preventing her from completing her transgender surgery at the current time.
It is uncertain whether an American judge would have made a similar ruling on the case. However, it does appear that the ruling was fair. This teenager was less than one year away from legally being able to make the decision to have the double mastectomy, and it was clear that she was intent on becoming a male as soon as legally possible. To deny her this operation at the present moment would only result in emotional and psychological scarring for the next year. This would not benefit anyone.