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Science, Abortion & the Effectiveness of Adolescent Medical Transition

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In this talk, Florence Ashley discusses adolescent medical transition and why it is effective and ethical.

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Science, Abortion & the Effectiveness of Adolescent Medical Transition

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It is sometimes argued that adolescent medical transition is ineffective and unethical because its mental health benefits are unproven. Drawing an analogy to reproductive healthcare, Florence Ashley (they/them) argues that this misrepresents how we justify definitional medical interventions — that is, interventions that are sought for their own sake as an instrument of self-definition and autonomy over fundamental aspects of personal identity. Understood as definitional medical care, adolescent medical transition is effective if it brings about the desired physiological changes and is ethical unless proven overwhelmingly harmful.

ABOUT FLORENCE ASHLEY

Florence Ashley, BCL/JD, LLM (Bioeth) is a transfeminine jurist and bioethicist based in Toronto, where they are a doctoral student at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law and Joint Centre for Bioethics. Their doctoral project examines how science is deployed and used within the legal system to simultaneously bolster and undermine trans youth’s autonomy. Their research is supported by a SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier Doctoral Scholarship. Prior to their doctoral studies, they served as clerk to Justice Sheilah Martin of the Supreme Court of Canada (2019-2020), being the first openly transfeminine person to clerk at the highest court. Prior to clerking, they completed degrees in civil law and common law followed by a master’s in law and bioethics at McGill University. Florence’s book, Banning Transgender Conversion Practices: A Legal and Policy Analysis, is forthcoming with UBC Press. They are @ButNotTheCity on Twitter.

ABOUT THIS EVENT: The Centre for Gender & Sexual Health Equity Speaker Series brings cutting-edge research in the field of gender and sexual health equity to researchers, practitioners, students and interested members of the public, creating a unique opportunity for education and dialogue.

ABOUT CLOSED CAPTIONING: When you register, you will be asked if you need/would like to request real-time closed captioning for this event. Please note: Minimum three days notice is required to accommodate these requests

FINALLY: Currently, our event is only available in English, which we recognize is a colonial language. We acknowledge that language should not be a barrier to participation and we hope to host our Speaker Series in various languages in the future, based on participants’ needs and as resources allow.


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