Newsweek those claims simply aren't true.In a post earlier this week by the North Carolina chapter of the Education First Alliance—which professes to "help conservative candidates around the country dedicated to the pro-American, pro-parent ideals"—contended that Duke University School of Medicine, the University of North Carolina School of Medicine (UNC Health) and the East Carolina University School of Medicine (ECU Health) were accepting toddlers as patients "for starting gender transitions."Transgender rights and the sorts of care afforded to minors are proving to be deeply polarizing issues.
In the U.S., a 2022 survey by the Pew Research Center found that 38 percent of Americans believe society had gone too far in accepting transgender people, while 36 percent said it had not gone far enough.While proponents of gender-affirming care argue that it helps those with gender dysphoria avoid the anxiety and higher rates of suicide the condition brings, opponents say treatments such as hormone therapy are harmful to children, who may later want to revert to their original gender."Top medical schools in the state are now transitioning toddlers," the Education First Alliance alleged, adding: "These doctors and clinics know that by catching children and their families at two or three, they can generate enormous amounts of cash because patients will likely rely on a lifetime of medication."A spokesperson for ECU Health told Newsweek it was "extremely concerned by the escalating rhetoric and threats aimed at team members and medical providers in recent days and especially given those comments are a result of misinformation."They added: "ECU Health does not offer gender-affirming surgery to minors nor does the health system.