Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced on Friday that his office has begun an investigation into Dell Children’s Medical Center, a gender clinic in Austin which has been accused of performing illegal “gender affirming” operations on minors.
“I am launching an investigation into Dell Children’s Medical Center regarding gender transitioning of minors,” Paxton said on Twitter. “Gender transitioning minors is child abuse, and child abuse will not be tolerated.”
The news of this investigation arrives shortly after an exposé by Project Veritas last month that revealed damning admissions by employees of the children’s hospital. A Project Veritas journalist secretly filmed a conversation with Dell Children’s Medical Center’s Dr. Matthew Pabis, in which Pabis stated that a child as young as 10 years old could receive breast reduction surgery. Another employee of the same institution, Nora Scott, stated that children could be considered for transitioning even younger.
“We do have patients who are starting [transition] as young as 8, 9 [years old]. So, we do have folks on the younger side,” Scott told the Project Veritas reporter. “In regards to prescribing, that’s up to the prescriber’s discretion. They might just require a couple of appointments just to see, it might be appropriate after one. It’s not something that we want to gatekeep and require someone to come see us 10 times before it’s prescribed.”
The DA’s investigation will require Dell Children’s Medical Center to answer a series of questions to determine if the medical center was in violation of Texas law.
“It is now alarmingly common for fringe activists to use their positions in medicine and health care to force experimental, life-altering procedures onto children,” Paxton said in an official statement. “Across the country, there are doctors and health care professionals who appear willing to sacrifice the long-term health of American children, all in service to the increasingly dangerous fad of ‘transgender’ extremism. It is deeply disturbing, and there is no place for it in Texas. Along these lines, there have been a number of recent reports about potentially illegal activity at Dell Children’s Medical Center, and this investigation aims to uncover the truth.”
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