The health authority in England will close the only dedicated sex change clinic for minors after an investigation found it to be “not safe” for children.
A report in The Telegraph indicated that the Travistock transgender clinic underwent an independent review of its procedures from 2020, given serious concerns about the use of “scarce and inconclusive evidence to support clinical decision making.”
🔴 NEW: The Tavistock transgender clinic is to be shut down by the NHS after a review found it is "not safe" for children https://t.co/HdZojEx2al
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The investigation found that health professionals were pressured to unquestioningly affirm the claimed gender identity of child patients, and found that the medical center omitted the necessary clinical assessment processes before performing sex changes on children.
Former president of the Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health, Dr. Hilary Cass, who led the investigation, said the clinic’s medical procedures were leaving young patients “at considerable risk” of mental health disorders, and that such a medical facility is not “a safe or viable long-term option.”
In light of the findings, the National Health Service (NHS) decided to close the facility and replace its services with those of regional clinics that will offer a more “holistic” approach to sex change in minors.
Travistock had faced several scandals prior to the investigation. One of the most well-known was that of young transsexual Keira Bell, who won a lawsuit against the clinic in 2020 for its use of dangerous drugs known as “puberty blockers.”
According to the BBC, Bell said she was pleased by the clinic’s closure, as “children will be saved from going down the path that I went down.”
Even LGBT activists are celebrating the clinic’s closure. The Stonewall group, one of the largest and loudest in the UK, said it agreed with the NHS move because of the “unacceptable” waiting times the medical center offered to transgender patients.
Biden promotes sex change in children
Meanwhile, in the United States, Joe Biden’s administration continues to actively promote the use of such “gender-affirming care” for children, including the use of puberty blockers, as “life-saving” tools.
The Democratic administration’s deputy health secretary, Rachel Levine, who is a transgender woman, has strongly criticized other political figures, especially Republicans such as Texas Governor Greg Abbott, for promoting similar research to health centers with questionable sex change procedures.
“Gender affirming care for transgender youth is essential and can be life-saving,” Levine tweeted after Governor Abbott referred to sex change procedures on children as “child abuse.” “These actions perpetuate the spirit of intolerance and discrimination against transgender youth, it is unconscionable that evidence-based care is being politicized,” she continued.
Levine, without showing evidence and in denial of independent research, has said in the past that medical sex change procedures, including irreversible surgeries and aggressive hormone treatments, are of unquestionable benefit, including to children.
But time and science seem to contravene the interests of Levine and the Biden administration.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was forced to issue a warning about the potential harm that so-called “puberty blockers” can cause to the brains of minors.
These drugs, according to the FDA, can cause idiopathic intracranial hypertension, a pseudotumor of the brain that develops when pressure inside the skull spontaneously increases, which can lead to brain swelling, severe headaches, nausea, double vision, and even permanent vision loss.
Tomás Lugo, journalist and writer. Born in Venezuela and graduated in Social Communication. Has written for international media outlets. Currently living in Colombia // Tomás Lugo, periodista y articulista. Nacido en Venezuela y graduado en Comunicación Social. Ha escrito para medios internacionales. Actualmente reside en Colombia.