Tennessee Republicans Go On the Offensive Against Hospital Doing Children’s Transgender Surgeries – RedState
After a request for an investigation by Tennesee Gov. Bill Lee, AG Jonathan Skrmetti’s office promised to use the “full scope” of his office’s authority to make sure the rules are being followed at hospitals when it comes to children’s care, especially at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
It was at this hospital where transgender surgeries were being performed on children.
To protect the children, legislators are now gearing up to pass 2023 legislation that will stop this from happening according to the Chatanooga Times Free Press:
Meanwhile, Gov. Bill Lee requested an investigation, and Attorney General Jonathan Skrmetti’s office said he will use the “full scope” of his authority to make sure state law is being followed.
House Speaker Cameron Sexton, R-Crossville, said in a statement he is looking into “conflicting reports” on the matter but noted it is “inappropriate for any minor to have any gender reassignment surgery or puberty blockers given to them.”
“Your biological sex at birth is your identity. There will be legislation filed this session by many members to protect Tennesseans from this barbaric practice,” Sexton said.
Vanderbilt responded by claiming it was “in compliance with state law and in line with professional proactive standards and guidance established by medical speciality societies,” including requiring parental consent to treat minors for issues related to transgender care.
“VUMC began its Transgender Health Clinic because transgender individuals are a high-risk population for mental and physical health issues and have been consistently underserved by the U.S. healthy system,” read the statement.
However, the Press reported that the real care may be coming from the fact that transgender surgeries bring in quite a bit of cash to the hospital:
Walsh on Wednesday posted a series of videos on Twitter he said were taken in 2018 and 2020, including one featuring Vanderbilt physician Dr. Shayne Taylor calling gender transition surgery a “big money maker.” Some procedures, which are covered by the Affordable Care Act, could bring in up to $40,000 and others could cost $100,000, Taylor said in the video.
No matter how you swing it, elective surgeries that have such wide-ranging and damaging effects on the body are child abuse. Even teenagers 16 or 17 years of age should be denied these surgeries until they are of consenting age. It would appear that Vanderbilt is ready to mutilate children and Republicans in Tennesee are right to try to put a complete and total halt to it.