The American Medical Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Children’s Hospital Association have sent a letter to US Attorney General Merrick Garland asking for action to protect practitioners and hospitals performing ‘gender reassignment’ treatments and surgeries for minor children.
Idaho Dispatch reported in September that the Essence Clinic at St. Luke’s Hospital in Boise is one such organization offering these treatments and procedures. We updated a few days later when the Essence Clinic webpage removed nearly all the information that had previously been displayed.
In what the AMA, AAP, and CHA describe as an “intentional campaign of disinformation,”
“…a few high-profile users on social media share false and misleading information targeting individual physicians and hospitals, resulting in a rapid escalation of threats, harassment, and disruption of care across multiple jurisdictions.”
The three organizations explain in the letter that they have asked Big Tech companies to take action to minimize this on their platforms.
The request to Attorney General Garland’s office is to direct the Department of Justice,
“to take swift action to investigate and prosecute all organizations, individuals, and entities responsible.”
The AMA shared the letter and additional explanation on their website here. Included is the statement of CHA President Amy Wimpey,
“We are committed to providing safe, supportive and inclusive health care environments for each and every child and family, and the clinicians and staff who are dedicated to caring for children. Threats and acts of violence are not a solution, nor a substitute, for civil dialogue about issues of a child or teen’s health and wellbeing. At CHA, we are committed to working across sectors to prevent misleading and inflammatory comments that result in threats to those caring for patients.”Advertisement
Idaho Dispatch reached out to the AAP and CHA for comment. No response has been received. We will update this article if either organization provides a response.
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