Vanderbilt University Medical Center is suspending any permanent “gender confirmation surgery” on minors until further notice.
The international medical center will refrain from performing any transgender surgeries on children that cannot be reversed or reversed later in life, pending an internal review.
“On September 6, 2022, WPATH published a new version of its recommendations for healthcare professionals on the treatment of transgender individuals, known as SOC-8,” the university wrote in a letter to legislators.
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The letter continued, “In light of these new recommendations and as part of the completion of our internal clinical review of the SOC-8 guidance in patients under 18, we will seek advice from local and national clinical experts. We are discontinuing gender confirmation surgeries in patients under the age of 18 while we complete this review, which may take several months.”
The statement comes amid calls by Tennessee lawmakers to investigate the clinic following a report by conservative activist Matt Walsh.
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Tennessee Republican Governor Bill Lee, Senator Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., and others called for an investigation after the September report alleged that VUMC “drugs, chemically castrates and performs double mastectomies on minors.”
VUMC denied any wrongdoing in a statement to Fox News Digital at the time, saying it conducts all of its care “in compliance with state law and in accordance with professional practice standards.”
Vanderbilt University denied involvement in VUMC in a statement to Fox News.
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A series of videos from Vanderbilt staff surfaced in September showing the medical center’s discussions surrounding the practices, which have been offered for both children and adults.
The assistant professor Dr. Shayne Taylor can be heard in a 2018 video apparently discussing “top surgery.”
“Some of our VUMC finance people in October 2016 cut the cost down to how much we think each patient will bring in. And that only includes surgery on the top, it doesn’t include any surgery on the bottom, and it’s a lot of money.” , Taylor said in the video.