The controversial Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) has announced that it will no longer provide “sex change” operations for underaged children, after the state of Tennessee passed a law banning such procedures.
According to the Daily Caller, VUMC sent an email to parents admitting to the massive policy change after the law in question was signed by Governor Bill Lee (R-Tenn.) on March 3rd.
“Your current medication prescription is affected by the laws coming into effect regarding gender affirming care,” said the email. “VUMC will not fulfill refill requests for medication prescribed for gender affirming care after June 1, 2023. … All medications dispensed for gender affirming care must have a completion date that is prior to 7/1/23.”
Tennessee is currently one of the 11 states that has passed such a law. The far-left American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has sued the state in an effort to block the law’s implementation, and the Biden Administration’s Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a formal complaint in a similar effort to block the law.
“Gender-affirming care would remain legal during the course of our challenge if we get a preliminary injunction from the judge blocking enforcement of any part of the law before the 7/1 effective date,” said ACLU spokeswoman Gillian Branstetter. “Similar laws have been blocked in Alabama and Arkansas while those trials proceed.”
“With regard to gender-affirming care at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, we continue to fully comply with all federal and state laws and are carefully following the legal proceedings challenging the constitutionality of Tennessee’s new law,” said VUMC spokesman Craig Boerner in an email.
Under the new law, a doctor’s medical license may be revoked if they attempt to perform a sex change surgery on a child. The law also provides a way for parents to sue if their child undergoes such treatments without their approval.
The state of Tennessee has passed numerous laws cracking down on transgenderism, the false and scientifically-debunked belief that there are more than two genders, and that anyone can simply “change” their gender at any given time. These efforts eventually led to a radical transgender activist carrying out a mass shooting against a Christian school in Nashville. Just days later, a mob of pro-trans activists stormed the Tennessee State Capitol out of protest of the increased scrutiny against transgenderism in the aftermath of the shooting.