Indicting This Doctor Is Outrageous

Jun 21, 2024

Joe Biden’s Department of Justice (DOJ) has indicted another enemy of his radical agenda. This time the target is a doctor who dared expose the horrific LGBTQ experimentation a Texas hospital was performing on children, in violation of Texas law.

When the Texas legislature moved to further protect children because of shocking revelations, the DOJ retaliated — indicting the whistleblower on four trumped-up charges which, if successful, will cost the doctor-turned-whistleblower 10 years in prison and hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines.

If you know the story of our client Sandra Merritt, this legal persecution of enemies of this destructive agenda sounds disturbingly familiar.

It’s just another terrifying example of how the Biden administration has weaponized the federal government against political rivals, Christians, pro-lifers, child advocates, and anyone who opposes the extreme LGBTQ agenda.

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In February 2022, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Attorney General Ken Paxton declared that chemical and surgical sex change procedures on minor children legally constituted child abuse under Texas state law. As mandatory reporters, all teachers, doctors, and nurses were required by Texas law to report violations or face felony charges.

One doctor, a medical resident at Texas Children's Hospital (TCH), took that obligation seriously. He was sickened by what he saw every day at work. One year after puberty blockers and mutilating surgeries were banned in Texas, TCH, which is the state’s top pediatric hospital, continued to break the law, poisoning and maiming children, and lying about it.

“I knew that it was my moral responsibility to expose what was happening to these children,” the doctor said.

The doctor collected documents proving the hospital’s crimes, and carefully redacted all identifying patient information, before going public, anonymously, about what he knew.

Those documents revealed that within just three days of TCH CEO Mark Wallace declaring that the hospital had shut down its “gender affirming” clinic to comply with Texas law, the clinic implanted puberty blockers in an 11-year-old girl. From then on, the TCH program was back up and running at full speed.

Records confirm that the hospital was implanting puberty blockers and opposite-sex hormones into scores of children ages 11-15 for an entire year after Texas outlawed the practice. And they would have kept doing it had this doctor not gone public with what he knew.

Within days of the whistleblower report, AG Paxton launched an official investigation into TCH, saying “children are not to be treated as science experiments.

Horrified, the state legislature passed a law reiterating what the AG had already declared — child puberty blockers and mutilating procedures in Texas are illegal. TCH was forced to shut down its dreadful practice.

What happened next is terrifying.

Two months after the whistleblower report, Vanessa Sivadge, a nurse at TCH, woke up to hear pounding on her door. Two FBI agents were demanding to be let in to discuss “some things happening at work.”

But instead of investigating the illegal activity happening at TCH, the FBI agents wanted to know the identity of the whistleblower.

“They threatened me,” Vanessa says. “They promised they would make life difficult for me if I was trying to protect the leaker. They said I was ‘not safe’ at work and claimed that someone at my workplace had given my name to the FBI.” Vanessa gave them nothing.

One month later, on the morning of what should have been Dr. Eithan Haim’s graduation from TCH’s residency program, three heavily armed FBI agents pounded on his door. Dr. Haim had been identified as the “leaker” who had embarrassed TCH and the LGBTQ agenda Joe Biden so heavily endorses. Assistant U.S. Attorney Tina Ansari informed Dr. Haim that she intended to prosecute him.

This week, federal marshals appeared on Dr. Haim’s doorstep with four federal indictments. Despite Haim’s whistleblower records not including patient-identifying information, the DOJ is prosecuting him for exposing TCH’s crimes. If convicted, Dr. Haim faces up to 10 years in prison and hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal fines.

“To these agents, the prosecutor, and their political handlers, I was a criminal because I had told the truth,” Dr. Haim says. “It didn’t matter that we exposed the fact that the largest children’s hospital in the world was lying to the public about the existence of a program in which children were manipulated, mutilated, and even sterilized. It didn’t matter that the practice they were lying about had now become illegal. It didn’t matter that I had committed no crime.”

“None of this mattered, I believe, because I had exposed a truth that threatened their ideology. This was the reason for their frightening show of force. The intent was to intimidate me. If I had agreed to stay silent, though, I would be legitimizing their lies and sacrificing the truth. Instead, I decided to fight back.”

Christopher Rufo, a Manhattan Institute Fellow and the journalist who first published Dr. Haim’s whistleblower report, says the Biden administration is trying to “intimidate other medical professionals who would consider blowing the whistle on the barbarism of ‘transgender medicine.’”

Rufo said, “We will need all their voices if we are to succeed in shutting down the child sex-change business in the United States.”

Neither is Liberty Counsel deterred. We’ve been battling this administration’s gross overreaches of power and attempts to kill liberty from the very beginning. We are fighting for truth and justice in courtrooms across the nation and before the U.S. Supreme Court. We will not let this outrageous weaponization of government power against its own citizens go unchecked.

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Mat Staver
Founder and Chairman
Liberty Counsel



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Mark, Julian. “Texas governor directs state agencies to investigate gender-affirming care for trans youths as ‘child abuse.’” The Washington Post, February 23, 2022.

Rufo, Christopher F. “DOJ Indicts Doctor Who Exposed the Barbarism of ‘Gender-Affirming Care.’” City Journal, June 6, 2024.

Rufo, Christopher F. “Not on My Watch.” City Journal, January 12, 2024.

‌Rufo, Christopher F. “Sex-Change Procedures at Texas Children’s Hospital.” City Journal, May 16, 2023.

Rufo, Christopher F. “The Murky Business of Transgender Medicine.” City Journal, June 18, 2024.

Rufo, Christopher F. “‘They’re Wanting to Play God.’” City Journal, May 23, 2023.