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Does Boston Children's Hospital offer gender-affirming hysterectomies to children? No, that's not true: A resource from the hospital's Center for Gender Surgery states that only patients who are 18 years old and older can receive gender-affirming genital surgeries and the hospital released a statement stating that it would not perform a hysterectomy for gender-affirming care on any patient younger than 18. A hysterectomy is a surgery to remove the womb or uterus.
The claim appeared in an Instagram post published on August 11, 2022. The post featured a clip about gender-affirming hysterectomies attributed to Boston Children's Hospital. However, the clip as shown in the Instagram post included superimposed text that read:
Pure evil: Boston Children's Hospital is now offering 'gender affirming hysterectomies' to young girls! This is horrifying!
The happy music and smile only make this more demented!
The caption of the post read, "Tell me again that evil is not after our children...... pure evil."
This is how the post looked on Instagram at the time of writing:
For a hysterectomy performed as a part of gender-affirming care, Boston Children's requires a patient to be capable of consenting for themselves. Age 18 is used to reflect the standard age of majority for medical decision-making. Boston Children's does not -- and will not -- perform a hysterectomy as part of gender-affirming care on a patient under the age of 18.
A resource from the hospital's Center for Gender Surgery explains that the center does offer gender-affirming surgeries. Patients who are 15 years old and older may be eligible to receive chest surgeries if they meet the requirements, including medically observed gender dysphoria. However, while the resource does not mention hysterectomies, the resource makes it clear that genital surgeries are not offered to children:
All genital surgeries are only performed on patients age 18 and older.
The resource also states that the center follows the World Professional Association for Transgender Health guidelines to "surgically treat people who are stable in their gender identity and have documentation of persistent gender dysphoria." The guidelines mostly suggest that only patients who have reached the age of majority in their country -- which in the U.S. is generally 18 years old -- should receive surgeries that treat gender dysphoria.
Lead Stories reached out directly to the hospital's Center for Gender Surgery and will update this fact check with any response.
Lead Stories previously published a fact check of a claim that Dr. Rachel Levine, assistant secretary for health at the Department of Health and Human Services, said that gender affirmation surgery should be available to children. Levine never said that.
2022-08-17T15:53:29Z 2022-08-17T15:53:29ZAdded Twitter statement from Boston Children's Hospital and an archived version of its guidelines regarding vaginoplasties for gender-affirming care