This past Tuesday, the father of a biological girl, who believes she is a boy, turned himself into a Canadian court and was then taken to jail after the Attorney General of British Columbia issued an arrest warrant for contempt. This was because the father insisted on referring to his daughter as his “daughter” and used the pronouns “she” and “her.”
The father in question, Robert Hoogland, is from Surrey, British Columbia with his 14-year-old daughter. Back in February of 2019, the Supreme court of British Columbia, Canada mandated that the girl receive testosterone injections without obtaining parental consent.” “The court also declared that if either of her parents referred to her using female pronouns or addressed her by her birth name, they would be considered guilty of family violence,” The Federalist reported.
In only seventh grade, the girl’s school sent the girl to visit with psychologist Dr. Wallace Wong, who recommended that she should begin taking sex change hormones at only 13 years of age. The father, Hoogland, refused to give his permission and cited his daughter’s alleged history of mental health issues as the reason for doing so. However, against the father’s wishes, the doctors at BC Children’s Hospital decided that the girl should receive the cross-sex hormone injections.
Hoogland objected to the treatments but was informed by the doctoral staff that the girl’s consent was enough for her to begin the hormone injections. The father attempted to get an injunction to stop the treatment, but Justice Gregory Bowden stated in February 2019 that the girl was “exclusively entitled to consent to medical treatment for gender dysphoria,” adding, “Attempting to persuade (the girl) to abandon treatment for gender dysphoria; addressing (the girl) by his birth name; referring to (the girl) as a girl or with female pronouns whether to him directly or to third parties; shall be considered to be family violence under s. 38 of the Family Law Act.”
In reaction, Hoogland stated, “The government has taken over my parental rights. They’re using (the girl) like she’s a guinea pig in an experiment … Is BC Children’s Hospital going to be there in 5 years when she rejects [her male identity]? No, they’re not. They don’t care. They want numbers.”
Back in January of 2020, Hoogland lost his appeal to stop the process his daughter was undergoing. While the BC Court of Appeal ruled that his comments didn’t constitute family violence, but “in general,” Hoogland must “acknowledge and refer to (the girl) as male,” and forbid him from speaking to the media on the matter.
At the time in February of 2020, Hoogland told The Federalist in a statement that “I had a perfectly healthy child a year ago, and that perfectly healthy child has been altered and destroyed for absolutely no good reason. She can never go back to being a girl in the healthy body that she should have had. She’s going to forever have a lower voice. She’ll forever have to shave because of facial hair. She won’t be able to have children… Sometimes I just want to scream so that other parents and people will… jump in, understand what’s going on. There’s a child—and not only mine, but in my case, my child out there having her life ruined.”
Hoogland then conducted two video interviews with Canadian YouTube commentators. The first of which was pulled down and the second of which was taken down with a court order from Justice Michael Tammen of the British Columbia Supreme Court.
“The judge (Tammen) warned the dad that if there are any further breaches of the bans and court orders, the lawyers for the teen might come back to court and seek to have him cited for contempt of court and face serious consequences,” The Vancouver Sun reported
On the 4th March 2021, Tammen put out a warrant for Hoogland’s arrest on charges of contempt. He promptly turned himself in after issuing a state to The Post-Millennial stating: “Perhaps saving children is a dream . . . but I don’t think so! As I was driving I saw children walking their dogs, I saw children playing together, and I saw a generation that needs their parents more than ever! I visited all my family homes… places where I grew up as a child. I remembered how much I loved my own parents and how much I needed their protection.”