The country’s largest children’s hospital performs sex change procedures on children as young as 11, according to a new report.
Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston inserted an implantable puberty blocker in multiple children, including at least one 11-year-old, according to whistleblower documents obtained by City Journal’s Christopher Rufo.
In March of last year, Texas Children’s Hospital executives said they would stop performing transgender medical procedures on minors due to legal and criminal liability concerns. Texas Governor Greg Abbott had just directed state agencies to investigate cases of children receiving transgender medical intervention as “child abuse.”
Around the same time, the hospital’s chief pediatrician, Dr. Catherine Gordon, who specialized in treating transgender youth, resigned after only six months on the job.
However, whistleblower documents obtained by City Journal show that the hospital has not stopped, but continues to perform these procedures.
A hospital spokesperson said, “Throughout the policy debate surrounding gender medicine, our healthcare professionals have always and will continue to prioritize the care of our patients within the bounds of the law.”
Dr. Richard Roberts, a pediatric endocrinologist at Texas Children’s Hospital, is one of the doctors who performs transgender medical procedures on minors, medical records show, according to City Journal. Roberts has reportedly treated many patients aged 12 to 17 for “gender identity” and “gender dysphoria,” and his medical records note things like “HRT [hormone replacement therapy],” “medication,” “testosterone levels,” “medicine refill,” and “specialty services.”
Another doctor, Dr. Kristy Rialon, has inserted and removed a “non-biodegradable drug delivery implant” for what the medical records said was “gender dysphoria in pediatric patient,” the report noted. She has reportedly done this for multiple children both this year and last year.
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One of those implant procedures was reportedly performed on an 11-year-old girl, described as a “female-to-male transgender person.” The 11-year-old girl was listed in medical records for three days after the hospital said it would no longer perform “gender-affirming care.”
The other children who got “drug delivery implants” inserted by Rialon were 11, 12, 13, 14, and 15 years old, according to the medical records.
Rialon was trained at Harvard, while Roberts was trained at the University of Virginia. She and Roberts are both assistant professors at Baylor College of Medicine.
In January, Texas Children’s Hospital teamed up with Baylor College of Medicine to host a presentation that promoted medical interventions for trans-identifying children to the hospital’s doctors.
The presentation, called “Medical and Psychological Care of Gender-Diverse Youth,” explains puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, and gender surgeries in depth. It encourages doctors to start children on puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones when they are adolescents. Later when they become adults, doctors can consider gender surgeries like double mastectomies and genital surgery, the presentation says.
“These processes are typically reserved for adults, although there certainly are across this country case by case basis by which adolescents do access some surgical options to help affirm their gender identity,” the presenter says.
Hundreds of teen girls in the U.S., some as young as 12, have gotten elective, gender-related double mastectomies to remove their healthy breasts over the last few years.
Meanwhile, it is more popular than ever for youth to adopt new gender identities. An estimated 300,000 minors aged 13 to 17 identified as transgender as of last year.