US attorney backs Boston hospital under fire over trans procedures for minors
U.S. Attorney Rachael Rollins has weighed in on alleged threats against a program providing procedures for transgender youth at Boston Children’s Hospital, calling them “disturbing to say the least.”
The hospital said Tuesday that it had received complaints and threats of violence directed at its Gender Multispecialty Service, a program that provides treatment for “gender-diverse children, teens, and young adults.”
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“Today’s news about the alleged threats directed at Boston Children’s Hospital transgender health program is disturbing to say the least. Children deserve an opportunity to thrive and grow as their own authentic selves. Parents/guardians and health care providers who support them in that journey should be allowed to do so free of threats and harassment,” Rollins said. “I want to make it clear that the Department of Justice will ensure equal protection of transgender people under the law.”
Rollins said she would not “sit idly by and allow hate-based criminal activity to continue” and urged people to report any possible hate crime to the office’s hotline, 1-83-END-H8-NOW.
The hospital claims that attacks escalated after online attention. Libs of TikTok, a social media account that reposts videos from left-wing social media users, posted a video from the hospital publicizing that it was offering “gender-affirming hysterectomies for young girls.”
“If BCH has serious threats like they claim they do, the DOJ should 100% ensure all staff/patients are safe and prosecute anyone sending death threats,” Libs of TikTok tweeted Thursday.
The hospital has denied that it performs hysterectomies related to gender transitions on any patients under 18.
A spokesperson for the Boston Police Department told the Washington Post that an investigation has been opened but did not provide further information.
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The Gender Multispecialty Service is the first program in the United States geared toward “gender-diverse and transgender adolescents,” according to its website.