American Medical Association Calls on DOJ to Probe Online “Disinformation” About Trans Surgeries


The American Medical Association and other top-tier medical groups in the United States are calling on the Department of Justice to investigate online “disinformation” regarding transgender treatments.

The letter, which was issued to U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland last week, was also co-signed by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association.

“We write to urge you to investigate the organizations, individuals, and entities coordinating, provoking, and carrying out bomb threats and threats of personal violence against children’s hospitals and physicians across the U.S.,” the letter read.

It attributed the cause of the threat to a “coordinated attack” on the part of a select few social media users against hospitals and clinics which has escalated into threats and harassment.

“The coordinated attacks threaten federally protected rights to health care for patients and their families,” the letter read.

“The attacks are rooted in an international campaign of disinformation, where a few high-profile users on social media share false and misleading information targeting individual physicians and hospitals, resulting in a rapid escalation of threats, harassment and disruption of care across multiple jurisdictions.”

The letter is a likely reference to the Twitter account Libs of TikTok, which has grown to popularity largely for posting videos that adults have willingly uploaded to the internet of “child-friendly” drag shows or teachers sharing how they discuss LGBT ideology with their young students.

The account has been the subject of a number of targeted attacks on the part of the media despite the fact that the majority of the content shared is simply reposted from elsewhere online.

In one recent instance, the account shared information about transgender care for minors at Boston Children’s Hospital, which is host to the nation’s first pediatric and adolescent transgender health program, The Hill notes.

The exposure the account gave to information readily available on the hospital’s website resulted in a flood of negative attention, including harassment and threats for the health facility.

In September, a Massachusetts woman was arrested for an accused role in a hoax bomb threat that disrupted operations.

Libs of TikTok and the account’s supporters hit back against the AMA’s letter by accusing the organizations involved with preferring to leverage federal agencies to silence critics rather than addressed oft-cited concerns about the long-term advisability of giving transgender medical treatments to children.

Although organizations like those who put their name behind the call to the Attorney General maintain that controversial treatments like hormone blockers and mastectomies for gender dysphoric youth are safe, such approaches have not risen in use without fierce criticism from both the public and the medical community.

A number of states have moved to block administering drugs or surgeries to minors and prominent transgender doctors have questioned how close the medical community may be flying to the sun with such an approach to treating gender dysphoric children.

As transgenderism as well as concerns surrounding LGBT ideology being taught in schools have quickly become one of the nation’s most contested cultural and political issues, it is unsettling to consider the comparison between the AMA’s letter and that issued to the DOJ from the National School Board Association last year which called on the agency to investigate parents who organize against school boards implementing certain COVID policies or integrating controversial curricula into lesson plans.

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