Planned Parenthood has come under scrutiny for allegedly providing sex-change hormones after short consultations, raising concerns about the lack of proper evaluation and informed consent in gender-affirming care.
According to a report by the Washington Free Beacon, a teen named “Fred,” who was diagnosed with autism, allegedly received estrogen prescriptions from a Planned Parenthood clinic in New Jersey after just a 30-minute consultation. The report claims that Planned Parenthood does not require a formal diagnosis of gender dysphoria or a therapist’s letter for hormone prescriptions and only conducts short consultations.
The report states that the Free Beacon confirmed Fred’s story through various sources, including nursing and medical board complaints, locational data, prescriptions, emails, texts, and other documents.
While some pediatric gender clinics have lengthy assessments and waiting lists, young people are reportedly turning to Planned Parenthood to accelerate the process and “circumvent the safeguards.” Affiliates of Planned Parenthood have seen a significant increase in “gender-affirming care visits,” with some branches reporting a higher demand for hormone therapy than abortion services.
Critics argue that Planned Parenthood may not be adequately equipped to handle more complex cases, especially those involving individuals with developmental differences or mental health issues. The report highlights concerns about informed consent and the need for thorough psychiatric evaluations before prescribing life-altering medications.
Planned Parenthood did not respond to requests for comment from the Washington Free Beacon.