Vanderbilt University suspends ‘gender affirming’ surgery for minors

Vanderbilt University Medical Center has put irreversible “gender-affirming” surgeries for minors on hold until further notice. According to the New York Post, the international medical center will refrain from conducting transgender procedures on children while an internal review is conducted.

The university stated, “On September 6, 2022, WPATH published a new version of its recommendations to health care professionals for treatment of transgender persons, known as SOC-8.” It continued, “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.”

The declaration follows requests from Tennessee lawmakers to look into the clinic following a report by commentator and activist Matt Walsh. Sen. Marsha Blackburn and Republican Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee asked for a probe following the September article that claimed VUMC drugs, chemically castrates and performs double mastectomies on minors. However, VUMC denied any wrongdoing and said that all of their treatment is provided “in compliance with state law and in line with professional practice standards.”

In September, several recordings from Vanderbilt employees surfaced online, revealing the medical center’s conversations about the procedures, which have been made available to adults and children. In a 2018 video, assistant professor Dr. Shayne Taylor allegedly discusses “top surgery.” She explains, “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. And this is only including top surgery, this isn’t including any bottom surgery, and it’s a lot of money.”

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