Texas Children’s Hospital Lies to Public, Announces Halt to 'Gender-affirming Care' Despite Secretly Continuing Procedures

Sarah Prentice | May 22, 2023
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One of the most important things American parents expect from their children’s healthcare professionals is transparency. Unfortunately, Texas Children’s Hospital (TCH), the largest pediatric hospital in the nation, has failed this important duty. 

According to recent whistleblower documents obtained by the City Journal, TCH has been secretly conducting sex change surgeries on minors after announcing they would halt such procedures. 

Back in March 2022, the hospital announced it would be halting gender-affirming surgeries and treatments in order to comply with Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s recent order for state agencies to investigate such care as child abuse. Abbott issued an order in February 2022, making it mandatory for licensed professionals to report any gender-affirming surgeries and procedures. Failure to do so would result in criminal punishment. 

The children’s hospital had been an advocate for gender-affirming care, as it had partnered with the Baylor College of Medicine to host an in-depth presentation about gender-affirming care titled, “Medical and Psychological Care of Gender-Diverse Youth,” back in January. 

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Even though the hospital claimed it would stop any gender-affirming care, the documents obtained by City Journal show solid evidence that multiple doctors continued to treat minors for the aforementioned “gender-affirming care.”

TCH physician, Dr. Kristy Rialon, was one of the doctors at the hospital to carry out such treatment for minors, some of which included breast implants for children as young as 11 years old. Another healthcare professional, Dr. Richard Roberts, an endocrinologist trained at the University of Virginia (UVA) and an assistant professor at the Baylor College of Medicine, treated minors at ages from 12-17 for “gender dysphoria,” “gender identity” and “hormone replacement therapy.”

If children are not legally allowed to own guns, vote, or drink alcohol until they are a legal adult - or older - because we deem them mentally unfit to do so, how can highly trained medical professionals think it is possibly okay to perform life-changing and permanent surgeries to poor children as young as 11 or 12 years old?

The fact that this hospital felt the need to cover up their actions goes to show just how evil performing these procedures on kids really is no matter how many times efforts to call out such procedures falls on deaf ears. If the hospital truly believed that their gender-affirming and pro-transgender philosophies were really what was best for children, they should’ve publicly defended their position instead of lying to the public about it. However, now we are only led to believe that these doctors know what they are doing is wrong and choose to do it anyway.


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