This news article discusses a complex and sensitive issue involving Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, transgender healthcare for minors, and political responses in Ohio. The hospital, known for its Transgender Health Center, has been accused of misrepresenting its approach to parental involvement in decisions regarding transgender healthcare for minors. The article highlights that internal training videos obtained by The Daily Wire suggest that hospital officials strategized ways to circumvent parents skeptical about their children undergoing sex-change procedures and actively encouraged treatments such as hormone therapy and menstrual suppression without parental consent.
Dr. Lee Ann Conard, director of the Transgender Health Center, and other panelists are cited as advocating for gender-affirming care and suggesting strategies to avoid parental knowledge. This includes referring children for therapy without informing parents of the transgender-related reasons and avoiding references to transgenderism in medical charts.
The hospital’s public stance, as expressed by Steve Davis, its president and CEO, emphasizes the importance of parental involvement and consent in treatment decisions. This stance contradicts the approaches suggested in the training videos.
The article also mentions the involvement of Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, who vetoed a bill banning transgender procedures for minors, emphasizing the role of parents in such medical decisions. This decision has been criticized by some, including the nonprofit organization Do No Harm, which advocates against what it perceives as radical gender ideology in healthcare.
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, which has received donations from the owners of Pure Romance, a company selling sex toys and intimate products with a transgender-identifying child, did not comment on the training videos. The article concludes by noting that the Ohio legislature, which is controlled by the Republican Party, is considering overriding the governor’s veto.