Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Friday announced an investigation into Texas Children’s Hospital into the hospital’s “sex reassignment” procedures, weeks after a similar investigation into a separate hospital that performed such procedures.
“I have made it clear that any sex reassignment procedure that harms our children constitutes child abuse under Texas law,” Paxton said in a released statement.
“Recent reports indicate that Texas Children’s Hospital may be conducting such procedures unlawfully, and my office is working to uncover the truth. I am committed to investigating every facility in our state to ensure our children are protected,” Paxton continued. “Although many bumbling health care activists disagree, children should not be treated as science experiments. Doctors and hospitals should not promote mutilating and irreversible sex reassignment procedures that will adversely affect innocent children for the rest of their lives.”
The Paxton office also issued a Request to Examine (“RTE”) as part of the investigation, requesting that 25 types of documents be made available to the AG office by June 19, 2023.
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Documents requested include: “Documents Related to TCH’s Policies and Procedures for Use of Puberty Blockers by Texas Minors,” “Documents Related to the Development, Evaluation, and Re-evaluation of TCH’s Policies and Procedures Regarding Use.” of puberty blockers.” in minors” and “Documents related to TCH’s use of puberty blockers in minors” with and without parental consent.
Fox News Digital contacted Paxton’s office and Texas Children’s Hospital for comment, but did not immediately receive a response.
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Paxton’s investigation at Texas Children’s Hospital follows a similar investigation initiated at Dell Children’s Medical Center in early May into the hospital’s “sex reassignment” procedures in children.
“It’s deeply troubling and there’s no place for it in Texas. With that in mind, there have been a number of reports of potentially illegal activity at Dell Children’s Medical Center recently, and this investigation aims to uncover the truth,” said Paxton.
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Dell Children’s Medical Center’s investigation was launched after a report by Project Veritas that appeared to show that the hospital has been taking patients as young as eight or nine years old for sex reassignment care.
A spokesman for the hospital told Fox News Digital after the initial release that it was “conducting a thorough review of this situation.”
Just two days before Paxton announced the latest hospital investigation, Texas lawmakers finally approved Senate Bill 14, which would ban transgender youth from receiving puberty blockers and other hormone therapies needed for the transition. The bill would also aim to “wean” patients currently receiving such care from the treatments in a medically appropriate manner.
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After a 19-12 vote, Senate Bill 14 now goes to the office of Republican Gov. Greg Abbott. The ban would take effect on September 1 when signed by the governor.
Fox News’ Louis Casiano and Lacey Christ contributed to this report.
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