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Vanderbilt University ‘pausing gender affirmation surgeries’ for minors following leaked video

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Vanderbilt University Medical Center [VUMC] is putting a halt on all  ‘gender affirmation surgery’ on underage patients pending a review sparked by a leaked video.

Last month conservative activist Matt Walsh released a video from 2018 in which Dr Shayne Taylor – an LGBTQ specialist at the hospital – brags that transgender surgeries are ‘huge money makers’ for the hospital.

Dr. Taylor says in the video how the hospital was driven to perform such procedures because of its money-making potential:

“Some of our VUMC financial folks in October of 2016 put down some costs of how much money we think each patient would bring in” said Taylor. “And this is only including top surgery, this isn’t including any bottom surgery, and it’s a lot of money.”

Walsh’s report into VUMC’s trans program also found the hospital “drugs, chemically castrates and performs double mastectomies on minors.”

In another video, a University staff member states the hospital “has given irreversible hormone drugs to children as young as 13.”

As a result of the circulating videos and report, a Tennessee lawmaker called to investigate the hospital after the gender altering surgeries the hospital were said to ‘chemically castrate’ minors for financial gain.

Saving face, VUMC announced it would be halting the transgender surgeries, but claimed it was doing so only pending review of ‘new recommendations’ from the World Professional Association for Transgender Health [WPATH].

“On September 6, 2022, WPATH [World Professional Association for Transgender Health] published a new version of its recommendations to health care professionals for treatment of transgender persons, known as SOC-8,” the hospital wrote in a statement to lawmakers.

“In light of these new recommendations, and as part of completing our internal clinical review of SOC-8 guidance in patients under 18, we will be seeking advice from local and national clinical experts…

…We are pausing gender affirmation surgeries on patients under age 18 while we complete this review, which may take several months.”

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FL bans puberty blockers, transgender surgery for minors

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Breaking Friday, Florida’s Board of Medicine and state Board of Osteopathic Medicine voted to ban puberty blockers and sex-reassignment surgery for minors in the state.

“The chief point of agreement among all of the experts — and I must emphasize this — is that there is a pressing need for additional, high-quality clinical research,” said the board of medicine’s chair, Dr. David A. Diamond, a radiation oncologist.

More than 70 percent of children with gender dysphoria “typically outgrow” it, City Journal reported earlier this year.

National Review reports:

The board of medicine voted 6-3, with five others not present, on Friday to forbid doctors from prescribing puberty blockers and hormones or performing surgeries until a patient is 18. Exceptions will be made for children who are already receiving the treatment.

The Florida Board of Osteopathic Medicine also voted to ban the use of puberty blockers and sex-reassignment surgery in new patients who are minors but allowed an exception for children enrolled in clinical studies.

Florida is also one of at least nine states that prohibits Medicaid coverage of gender-transition services.

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