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Missouri Attorney General Sues Transgender Clinic for Putting Profits Over Patient Safety

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Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey has filed a counter-lawsuit against St. Louis-based Southampton Community Healthcare for failing to follow basic safety rules when prescribing puberty blockers to kids who have been led to believe they are "transgender." Bailey's counter-lawsuit is asking the court to impose a $1,000 fine for each violation in addition to paying restitution to the kids injured by this quackery.

The lawsuit said Southampton's doctors admitted in court during the hearing over the new law that they failed to provide comprehensive mental health evaluations to all their patients. Bailey's office argues that violated Missouri's consumer protection law because the clinic didn't follow the accepted standard of care that was in place long before the new restrictions that called for psychiatric evaluations.

“These providers failed Missouri’s children when they rejected even a diluted medical standard and subjected them to irreversible procedures. My office is not standing for it," Bailey said.

Southampton Community Healthcare was one of the plaintiffs in an unsuccessful court challenge to the Missouri Save Adolescents from Experimentation (SAFE) Act. This law prohibits prescribing or administering hormones or puberty blockers to patients under 18 unless they were already receiving these treatments prior to Aug. 28, when the policy went into effect. It also bans transition-related surgeries for minors.

Because of Southampton's decision to make a legal challenge to the law, this decision by Attorney General Bailey to counter-sue is being framed as a case of FAFO.

In a way, that would be correct because Southampton's unscrupulous policy of prescribing puberty blockers and other drugs without any sort of professional mental health evaluation is a violation of even the de minimis standard of care common to "transgender" medical facilities.

Missouri is one of 22 states with similar laws forbidding the use of drugs and surgery on adolescents to support transgender delusions. In three of those states, Indiana, Alabama, and Florida, the laws are tied up in court challenges. 

Missouri Attorney General Sues Transgender Clinic for Putting Profits Over Patient Safety

Laws like that in Missouri are extremely effective in stamping out the money-making scheme masquerading as medical treatment that was exposed a year ago because it gives the victims the right to sue doctors and medical facilities after they reach adulthood for the damage done to them. The other transgender medical center in Missouri, Washington University Transgender Center, has ordered a halt to all surgical and pharmaceutical treatments because of potential liability issues.

“We are disheartened to have to take this step. However, Missouri’s newly enacted law regarding transgender care has created a new legal claim for patients who received these medications as minors,” Washington University said.

Officials said the claim creates “unsustainable liability for health care professionals and makes it untenable for us to continue to provide comprehensive transgender care for minor patients without subjecting the university and our providers to an unacceptable level of liability.”

See Civil Liability Concerns Halt Gender-Affirming Care in Several States Where It Is Legal for more details on this trend.

Though Chloe Cole's lawsuit against Kaiser Permanente gets the most attention (Detransitioner Chloe Cole Stuns Congress, This Is 'One of Biggest Medical Scandals' in U.S. History), a tsunami is building of "detransitioners" suing over the drugs and surgeries inflicted upon them as a minor.


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