The governor of Tennessee, Bill Lee, is calling for an investigation into Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Pediatric Transgender (VUMC) Clinic following journalist Matt Walsh’s harrowing Twitter thread, detailing a doctor's promotion of “big money maker” transgender surgeries on minors.
Daily Wire host Matt Walsh shared the shocking videos on Tuesday afternoon, which detail Walsh and his team's investigation into the clinic, claiming that “Vanderbilt drugs, chemically castrates, and performs double mastectomies on minors.”
In one of the videos posted by Walsh, Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Clinic for Transgender Health physician, Dr. Shayne Taylor describes how she pushed the hospital to “get into the gender-transition game,” as Walsh said. The doctor emphasizes that gender transition is a “big moneymaker.”
“The female-to-male bottom surgeries, these are huge moneymakers,” Taylor said in the footage.
In a statement to the Daily Wire, Lee said that “The ‘pediatric transgender clinic’ at Vanderbilt University Medical Center raises serious moral, ethical and legal concerns.”
“We should not allow permanent, life-altering decisions that hurt children or policies that suppress religious liberties, all for the purpose of financial gain. We have to protect Tennessee children, and this warrants a thorough investigation,” he added.
Republican Sen. Marsha Blackburn echoed Lee’s remarks, saying she was “shocked” by the discovery.
“We are shocked by what we have seen in these videos. We would hope that VUMC would make better decisions. There is nothing healthy about mutilating the bodies of minor children. We need an investigation into VUMC putting profits ahead of children immediately,”
In another video posted by Walsh, Dr. Taylor said, “These surgeries are labor intensive, they require a lot of follow-ups, they require a lot of our time, and they make money,” she stressed. “They make money for the hospital.”
During another Medicine Grand Rounds lecture, staffers are warned by Vanderbilt health law expert Ellen Wright Clayton that any “conscientious objection” to the surgeries would be met with “consequences,” and that if they did not want to participate in the surgeries, they should not be working at VUMC.
“If you are going to assert conscientious objection, you have to realize that that is problematic,” Clayton said. “You are doing something to another person, and you are not paying the cost for your belief. I think that is a … real issue.”
“I just want you to take home that saying that you’re not going to do something because of your conscience — because of your religious beliefs, is not without consequences, and should not be without consequences,” she said. “And I just want to put that out there.”
“We are given an enormous — if you don’t want to do this kind of work, don’t work at Vanderbilt,” she stated.
Concluding his thread, Walsh wrote, “So, let’s review. Vanderbilt got into the gender transition game admittedly in large part because it is very financially profitable. They then threatened any staff members who objected, and enlisted a gang of trans activists to act as surveillance in order to force compliance.”
“They now castrate, sterilize, and mutilate minors as well as adults, while apparently taking steps to hide this activity from the public view,” Walsh wrote. “This is what ‘health care’ has become in modern America.”