Puberty blockers: Under-16s 'highly unlikely' to be Gillick competent

A High Court ruling in the UK raises ethical questions about their use for the treatment of children diagnosed with gender dysphoria

The ethics of prescribing puberty blockers to children with gender dysphoria is in question after the UK High Court declared very few would have Gillick competency to consent to the treatment.

Keira Bell
Keira Bell.

In a ruling handed down on Tuesday, the court also said there was “limited evidence available as to the efficacy or purpose of puberty blockers” for the treatment of