A call recorded with Children’s National Hospital in Washington, DC, says the hospital offers “gender-affirming hysterectomies” for patients 16 and younger, though the hospital denies this.
The call was recorded by Chaya Raichik, who is behind the popular Libs of TikTok Twitter account. On the call to Children’s National Hospital, Raichik, who says she has a 16-year-old daughter who is looking to have a gender-affirming hysterectomy, keeps asking if the hospital offers hysterectomies to children. people of his child’s age.
In the appeal, published Thursday by Libs of TikTok, Raichik asks: “Is [gender-affirming hysterectomy] a common procedure you do for this age? »
The operator replies: “Yes. We all have different types[s] age groups who come for that.
“For the hysterectomy?” Raichik continues.
“Yes, ma’am,” replies the operator.
“Do you know at what age you would be the youngest?”
“I’m not sure, but I’ve seen younger children,” replies the operator. “And…because of HIPAA [Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act]I’m not allowed to say that, but I’ve seen younger children.
A spokesperson for Children’s National Hospital told the Daily Signal: ‘We do not offer gender-affirming surgery to anyone under the age of 18. We do not provide hormone therapy to children before the onset of puberty. Care is individualized for each patient and always involves decision-making by families in coordination with a team of highly trained pediatric specialists.
A hospital spokesperson also said the voices on the call were “hospital operators, not anyone providing care to our patients.”
In his coverage on his substack, Raichik also included archived screenshots from the hospital’s website stating that the hospital offers “gender-affirming hysterectomy,” among other procedures, to patients aged 0. at 21 years old.
The call comes amid a firestorm over videos released by Boston Children’s Hospital on gender transition treatment.
“Children’s National must have seen the negative coverage from Boston Children’s Hospital because they changed their website the day after I took screenshots of it,” Raichik wrote on his site. “‘Gender-affirming hysterectomies’ were no longer listed as an available procedure for minors.”
A Boston Children’s Hospital webpage said the hospital offers vaginoplasties to 17-year-olds. It appears the webpage was recently changed to raise the age to 18, Fox News reports.
Chris Elston, also known as “Billboard Chris” for his work in cities carrying billboards opposing gender ideology, first drew attention to Boston Children’s Hospital videos on the treatment of gender on Twitter. Upon finding them, “I thought, ‘Oh, perfect.’ I can just tweet them… it’s always better to use their own words because people can’t deny that,” he told the Daily Signal in a phone interview.
A video features Dr. Frances Grimstad describing “gender-affirming hysterectomies,” in which a surgeon removes most or all of a patient’s reproductive organs for the purpose of sex reassignment.
In another video, Dr. Amir Taghinia of Boston Children’s Hospital explained what happens in a phalloplasty procedure for trans-identified patients.
These videos were removed from the hospital’s public YouTube channel shortly after they went viral.
Following backlash, the hospital issued a statement on August 16, denying having performed gender-affirming hysterectomies on patients under the age of 18.
Elston noted that even though hospitals like Boston Children’s claim to only perform genital sex reassignment surgeries on those 18 and older, there is still preparation time before these surgeries.
A patient identifying as male and seeking phalloplasty, for example, must undergo a “gender-affirming” hysterectomy and hormone therapy before that. “They don’t do this at the same time,” Elston explained.
Doctors “prepare [the phalloplasty] by doing arm hair removal, and hair removal should be done six months to a year in advance,” Elston said.
Boston Children’s Hospital follows the World Professional Association for Transgender Health standards of care.
As Elston said, the World Professional Association for Transgender Health recently lowered the age requirements for some gender transition treatments. The Associated Press reported in June that the association now recommends “most genital surgeries…including removal of the uterus and testicles” for 17-year-olds, “one year earlier than previous recommendations”.
Teenage boys and girls seeking sex reassignment treatment have often experienced trauma or abuse, Elston explained. “These are kids trying to escape trouble, and they’re sucked into this ideology.”
“[They] have a consultation,” he continued. “They come to Boston Children’s Hospital, they go to meet the social worker, they go to meet the nurse, the doctor who explained to them what is going to happen and that’s it. The next appointment is surgery.
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