Leading medical center suspends trans surgeries on children – Reuters

Tennessee Republicans had urged Vanderbilt University Medical Center to halt procedures

The Transgender Health Clinic at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Tennessee has “on breakgender surgeries for patients under 18, according to a letter sent Friday by the institution’s health system chief, C. Wright Pinson, to a state official.

In the letter, which Republican Representative Jason Zachary posted on TwitterWright explains that the clinic is taking a break »gender affirmation surgeries in patients under 18due to the release of new guidelines on standards of care last month by the World Professional Association of Transgender Health (WPATH), citing the need for internal clinical review and consultation with a wide range of experts. The review might take”several months,” he added.

While Wright pointed to the new guidelines as Vanderbilt’s reason for “to make a break” the controversial procedures, his post was framed as a response to the letter that Zachary and other state Republican leaders wrote to the medical center last month demanding a moratorium on the provision of sex surgeries to minors. Zachary hailed it a victory, tweeting his gratitude to Vanderbilt for addressing the party”deep concerns.”

State politicians had denounced the practices of the university’s pediatric gender clinic as “nothing less than abuse.” They also asked all of its affiliates to honor so-called conscientious objectors – medical professionals who refuse to perform”certain medical proceduresbecause of their religious beliefs.

The university official addressed both issues in his response, reassuring Zachary that Vanderbilt followed Tennessee law, including legislation banning hormone treatment for prepubescent children. Of an average of five gender-affirming surgeries per year on patients under 18 that Vanderbilt doctors had performed since the Transgender Health Clinic opened in 2018, none were genital procedures, and all the patients were over 16 and had parental consent, he insisted. Additionally, none of the surgeries were publicly funded, and income from gender surgeries was a “immaterial percentage” of the benefits of the center.

Vanderbilt isn’t the only gender pediatric clinic to walk away from some of its most controversial practices. Boston’s Harvard-affiliated Children’s Hospital has struggled to cover up its own history of gender surgeries on minors, saying it only operates on patients over the age of 18 despite a peer-reviewed article. peers revealing that he performed 65 gender affirmation surgeries on teenagers as young as 15. since January 2017.

Tennessee, which passed a ban on prepubertal hormone treatment last year, is one of many states trying to crack down on practitioners who offer irreversible medical procedures such as hormone treatment and “gender affirmation“Surgery on minors, sometimes without the knowledge or consent of parents. Texas, Arkansas, Alabama and Arizona have also adopted legal measures restricting this processing.

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