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Despite A.G. investigation, children’s transgender clinic refrains from halting operations

In spite of a minimum of two official investigations into the Washington University Transgender Center at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, the clinic is continuing its operations. The investigations started after a former employee, Jamie Reed, stated that she saw doctors at the clinic prescribing puberty-blocking drugs to minors without considering parental consent. On February 9, Reed shared in a blog post that she left the clinic last November as she thinks that the hospital is “permanently harming the vulnerable patients.” A statement issued by the hospital on February 14 says that as the clinic is the only center in Missouri dedicated to offering care to transgender youth to maintain their well-being, they are not going to impose a moratorium.

National Catholic Register reports:

Amid at least two official investigations into a children’s transgender clinic run by Washington University in St. Louis, the clinic says it will not impose a moratorium on the prescription of puberty blockers or cross-sex hormones to any new patients.

This comes despite a whistleblower’s sworn statement that she witnessed doctors at the Washington University Transgender Center at St. Louis Children’s Hospital prescribing puberty-blocking drugs to minors without parental consent.

“The Washington University Transgender Center at St. Louis Children’s Hospital is the only place in the entire state of Missouri where transgender youth can access the care they need to ensure their mental and physical well-being,” the Feb. 14 statement reads.

“Therefore, we cannot institute a moratorium that would deny critical, standards-based care to current and new patients. Out of an abundance of caution, however, we are establishing additional oversight at the Transgender Center, and we will continue our internal review of practices at the center to ensure that our patients and families are receiving the appropriate guidance and care for their individual medical needs.”

In a Feb. 9 blog post, a former case worker at the clinic, Jamie Reed, said she left in November 2022 because the hospital was, in her view, “permanently harming the vulnerable patients in our care.”

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