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Robert Namer
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May 24, 2023

     Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey has called for an “immediate moratorium” on puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones for new underage patients at the Washington University Transgender Center in St. Louis, citing allegations of “illegal conduct and malpractice.” It should stop immediately.

     Mr. Bailey urged the center to stop issuing new prescriptions to minors while the state conducts a multi-agency investigation into whistleblower claims that the center reflexively pushed experimental drugs on children with little individualized screening and sometimes without parental consent.

     “I want Missouri to be the safest state in the nation for children, which is why we are calling for an immediate moratorium on the Transgender Center at St. Louis Children’s Hospital prescribing puberty blockers or cross-sex hormones to any new patients,” said Mr. Bailey. “We are hopeful that the leaders of these institutions will choose to do the right thing for the safety of Missouri’s children, as we work to root out any possibility of children being harmed by predatory adults with a radical social agenda.”

     Sen. Josh Hawley, Missouri Republican, also launched an investigation after former center caseworker Jamie Reed went public in a Thursday report in The Free Press headlined, “I Thought I Was Saving Trans Kids. Now I’m Blowing the Whistle.”

     “That report presented substantial evidence that, like so many other pediatric gender clinics across the United States, this Missouri-based clinic appears to have been operating without transparency, oversight, and accountability — and causing devastating harm to children in the process,” Mr. Hawley said in a Thursday letter to university officials. 

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