VUMC at center of social media controversy surrounding transgender care

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) – Vanderbilt University Medical Center is now responding to claims made on social media by Matt Walsh, a conservative commentator and columnist for The Daily Wire.

“They now castrate, sterilize and mutilate minors as well as adults, while apparently taking steps to hide this activity from public view,” Walsh said.

In a statement, Vanderbilt University Medical Center said it opened its Transgender Health Clinic because “transgender people are a high-risk population for mental and physical health issues and have historically been underserved by the system.” of American health”.

VUMC said they require parental consent to treat minors who are seen for issues with those receiving transgender care and never withhold parental involvement for those under 18.

“We are committed and will continue to be committed to providing family-centered care to all adolescents in accordance with state law and professional practice standards and guidelines established by medical specialty societies,” they said. they said in the release.

They added that their policies allow employees to refuse to participate in care they find morally wrong.

They also do not allow discrimination against employees who choose to do so.

“This includes employees whose personal or religious beliefs do not support gender-affirming care for transgender people,” Vanderbilt continued.

“The Trans Buddy program mentioned in the video has received national acclaim. Its purpose is to provide peer volunteers who support people who seek very personal care in an unfamiliar environment and who may have been turned away from medical services in the past or have avoided seeking them out of fear of encountering hostility,” Vanderbilt Medical said.

In one of Walsh’s tweets, he indicated that Tennessee Governor Bill Lee was calling for an investigation into Vanderbilt.

NewsChannel 5 contacted the governor’s office for a statement regarding this claim and received this response confirming an investigation.

“Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s ‘Pediatric Transgender Clinic’ raises serious moral, ethical and legal concerns. We should not allow permanent life-changing decisions that harm children or policies that suppress religious freedoms, all for financial gain. We need to protect the children of Tennessee, and that warrants a thorough investigation.

In addition to the governor, Attorney General Jonathan Skrmetti also released a statement:

We are aware of allegations of unlawful conduct at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center Transgender Health Clinic. General Skrmetti will use the full extent of his authority to ensure compliance with Tennessee law.

Researchers from the Journal of the American Medical Association found in a recent study that gender-affirming care for trans youth aged 13 to 20 is associated with 60% lower odds of moderate or severe depression and 73% lower probabilities of suicidality over a 12-year period. -one-month follow-up period. These treatments include puberty blockers and gender-affirming hormones.

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