The Tennessee Conservative Staff –
Sex change procedures for minors are no longer offered at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) thanks to the passage of a new Tennessee law.
The legislation banning sex change procedures for minors was signed into law by Tennessee Governor Bill Lee on March 3.
According to the Nashville Post, parents received an email from VUMC letting them know that the clinic will no longer be providing services for those patients.
“Your current medication prescription is affected by the laws coming into effect regarding gender-affirming care,” read an email obtained by the Nashville Post. “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.”
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) challenged the law back in April, filing a lawsuit against the state. The Department of Justice submitted a complaint almost a week later, claiming that the treatment was critical and medically necessary.
The ACLU is hoping that they can get a judge to block the legislation, as has been seen in some of the other 11 states that have similar laws against sex change procedures for minors.
According to the new Tennessee law, doctors can lose their medical license if they opt to perform sex changes on children, and parents are given direction on how to sue physicians if they treat children without parental permission.
Vanderbilt currently has no plans to continue treatments outside of the law.
“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,” stated VUMC spokesman Craig Boerner.