Texas Children’s Hospital confirmed that it will end gender-affirming care for minors in a few months. This comes as a new state law that will prohibit procedures and prescription treatments related to gender transitioning for youths is set to be signed by Gov. Greg Abbott.
In a letter to employees this week, Texas Children’s CEO Mark Wallace said that it was because of Senate Bill 14 that the hospital would have to modify the gender-affirming care it provides in order to comply with the new law, which takes effect September 1. That typically involves puberty blockers, hormone therapy and, occasionally, surgical procedures.
“We will work with patients and their families to manage the discontinuation of hormone therapies or source appropriate care outside of Texas. We will continue to offer psychosocial support and any form of care we can within the bounds of the law,” Wallace said in a memo to staff. “The transition we will embark on is going to be immensely heart-wrenching, but we will lead through this adversity and navigate these next steps together with grace, love and compassion like we always do.”
In a separate statement, a hospital spokesperson said the hospital is not canceling any current appointments.
The bill would make gender-affirming care for minors illegal in the state of Texas. This announcement comes after Attorney General Ken Paxton said he would investigate the hospital for providing gender-affirming care. Harris County District Attorney Christian Menefee pointed out that it is currently not illegal to provide such care.
“No matter what your opinion may be about this topic, there are children, families and care teams who are deeply affected by this new legislation,” Wallace said in the memo. “Please join me by showing them support, empathy and care during this time. I want to keep their safety, well-being and care at the forefront of all we do at Texas Children's. Thank you for your understanding, patience and sensitivity as we navigate the coming months together.”
Abbott is expected to sign the bill into law in the coming days.
Andrew Schneider contributed to this report.