University Hospital Boasts of Expanding “Gender Affirming” Services

Jan 6, 2023

The Oregon Health and Science University (OSHU) Department of Surgery announced that it is “incredibly proud” that it has increased access to “gender affirming care services” which includes surgeries to remove healthy body parts as well as a pilot study app designed to reduce anxiety in children undergoing procedures. 

In its annual 2022 newsletter, “On the Cutting Edge,” the university hospital boasts about expanding its “gender affirming care services” which includes adding to their “gender transition surgery team” and exporting their procedures to “multiple institutions.” This expansion includes the addition of Assistant Professor of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Dr. Blair Peters, who uses he/they pronouns on an Instagram account and Twitter with the name “QueerSurgeon.” The “notable expansion” of services includes genital surgeries that not only remove healthy organs, but also take other bodily tissue, such as from a forearm, and to graft it on in the shape of the opposite sex’s organs. 

OHSU manages Oregon’s top hospital system that includes Doernbecher Children’s Hospital which provides experimental drugs to block puberty, coaching tips, and “a full range of services for transgender and gender-nonconforming children and teens.” The gender clinic at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital provides information on chest binding, puberty blockers, changing names, preserving fertility, “safe tucking” and hormone therapy to children often as young as ten years old.

Doernbecher Children’s Hospital has recently launched a pilot study “partnering with Xploro as part of the KidsX Innovation Program” in order to study the impact of the mobile device-based app on anxiety for children undergoing procedures with pediatric general surgery and gastroenterology. The app appears to show a childlike avatar narrating an interactive operating room environment. OSHU states, “Based on the results they hope to expand Xploro use to additional service lines including urology, neurosurgery, transplant, and orthopedics among others.” 

The “sex reassignment” surgery market in the United States was valued at $1.9 billion in 2021 and is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate of 11.23 percent from 2022 to 2030. Despite “the minimum age of 18 as eligibility” to undergo these procedures, anecdotal reports show that surgeons have performed them on children younger than 18 years. 

In October 2022, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American Medical Association (AMA) and the Children’s Hospital Association (CHA) demanded that the Department of Justice investigate and arrest anyone who opposes administering harmful puberty blockers to children and performing surgical mutilations on them. 

The three organizations sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland insisting that statements not affirming that a child’s “gender identity” can be changed must be censored. 

The organizations insist that “disinformation” regarding “evidence-based gender-affirming health care” must be blocked and people who spread it should be prosecuted for inciting threats, intimidation, and violence against medical professionals. 

The letter said, “These coordinated attacks threaten federally protected rights to health care for patients and their families. The attacks are rooted in an intentional campaign of disinformation, where 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. Our organizations have called on technology companies to do more to prevent this practice on digital platforms, and we now urge your office to take swift action to investigate and prosecute all organizations, individuals, and entities responsible.” 

The three organizations are also calling on Big Tech companies Twitter, TikTok and Meta “to do more to prevent coordinated campaigns of disinformation” and “take bolder action when false information is shared about specific institutions and physicians.” 

“Our organizations are dedicated to the health and well-being of all children and adolescents. We are committed to the full spectrum of patient care–from prevention to critical care. We stand with the physicians, nurses, mental health specialists, and other health care professionals providing evidence-based health care, including gender-affirming care, to children and adolescents.” 

However, the idea that children can change their gender, whether through puberty blockers, chemical castration or any other means, is not only delusional but medical fraud. 

Liberty Counsel Founder and Chairman Mat Staver said, “There is a crescendo of voices expressing regret for misinformed decisions that have caused lasting harm. Puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, and mutilating body parts are not the answer to underlying identity dysphoria.” 



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