Lurie Children’s states gender-confirming care is not child abuse

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. Photo from Facebook

Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago released a statement last week saying that gender-confirming care for youth is not child abuse.

In a statement, Illinois’ largest children’s hospital said they applauded the statements by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Texas Pediatric Society (TPS) opposing the new policy with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) last month issued a letter calling for the DFPS to investigate gender-confirming care as “child abuse.”

“The overwhelming predominance of scientific research confirms that being transgender is not a phase, nor is it an affectation; rather it is a natural expression of the human condition,” the statement read. “Gender affirming medical treatments are not experimental. Rather, they are well-studied and well-supported by scores of scientific research conducted across the globe. This makes the premise that evidence-based, gender-affirming care equates to child abuse, inconsistent with the definition of child abuse. Inappropriately involving a state child protection agency and subjecting transgender patients and their families to investigations that can result in civil or criminal penalties is damaging and will result in negative consequences. “

The hospital stated that the Texas policy would have negative consequences for transgender youth, their families, and their communities and that the state-sanctioned discrimination is “cruel, damaging and contradictory to standards of care for these patients.”

The statement was signed by Robert Garofalo, director of Lurie Children’s Gender Program; Aron Janssen, the vice chair of clinical affairs; and Norell Rosado, interim division head of child abuse pediatrics at Lurie Children.