The governor of Tennessee is calling for an investigation into the Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Pediatric Transgender Clinic after tweets suggested that the doctors view surgical procedures as moneymakers rather than vital medical care.
Daily Wire host Matt Walsh tweeted this week that his team has been looking into Vandy upon allegations that, “Vanderbilt drugs, chemically castrates, and performs double mastectomies on minors.”
Walsh also tweeted, “Vanderbilt opened its trans clinic in 2018. During a lecture the same year, Dr. Shayne Taylor explained how she convinced Nashville to get into the gender transition game. She emphasized that it’s a ‘big money maker,’ especially because the surgeries require a lot of ‘follow ups’.”
Dr. Ellen Clayton, a Vanderbilt health law expert, also reportedly said that “conscientious objections” to trans-affirming care is “problematic.”
Clayton said, “If you are going to assert conscientious objection, you have to realize that that is problematic. You are doing something to another person, and you are not paying the cost for your belief. I think that is a … real issue.”
Walsh’s understanding of trans-affirming care appears to be rudimentary at best, but that doesn’t mean that there shouldn’t be oversight – an oversight which Tennessee Governor Bill Lee hopes to provide.
Vanderbilt released a statement claiming that Walsh misunderstood and misrepresented the clinic’s intentions, explaining, “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. health system. We have been and will continue to be committed to providing family-centered care to all adolescents in compliance with state law and in line with professional practice standards and guidance established by medical specialty societies.”
In addition, they added that they never refuse parental involvement for their under-18 patients, the statement reading, “Our policies allow employees to decline to participate in care they find morally objectionable and do not permit discrimination against employees who choose to do so. This includes employees whose personal or religious beliefs do not support gender-affirming care for transgender persons.”
Walsh claims that it’s all about money and they aren’t taking care of the kids who are being brought to them.