A phone call between Chaya Raichik, the individual behind the Libs of TikTok Twitter account, and Children’s National Hospital in Washington D.C. seems to indicate the health care provider performs “gender-affirming hysterectomies” on 16-year-olds. The hospital, however, is in denial.
Raichik told at least two individuals on the call what she was looking for and was clear she was seeking a “gender-affirming hysterectomy” for her 16-year-old.
Both individuals she talked with indicated this would be something the hospital could do.
“OK. Alright, so they’re in the clear,” the operator said.
Then, an individual at the clinic also confirmed the procedure could be done at the hospital. This individual asked what the transition would be and Raichik told her the child would be transitioning to male.
At that point Raichik is told she’d be transferred to the GYN nurse line.
Prior to the transfer, Raichik clarified once more the procedure could be done for a 16-year-old.
“So they would do it for that age,” she asked.
“Yes,” said the operator. “We have all different type of age groups that come in for that.”
When asked what the youngest age the procedure is performed on, the operator said they are not sure but they have seen younger kids. The operator cites HIPPA for not being allowed to say that, but notes she has seen younger kids than 16.
According to reports, a spokesperson for Children’s National Hospital said it does not provide gender-affirming surgery for anyone under 18 and it does not provide hormone therapy to children before puberty begins. They also said the people on the call were “hospital operators, not anyone who delivers care to our patients.”
Raichik included a screenshot from the hospital’s website, which says the hospital treats patients between 0-21 for gynecology care and gender-affirming medical treatments, including hysterectomies.