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March 30, 2022

Medical Groups Defend Patient-Physician Relationship and Access to Adolescent Gender-Affirming Care

JAMA. 2022;327(15):1432-1434. doi:10.1001/jama.2022.4617

For pediatricians like Robert Garofalo, MD, MPH, division chief of adolescent and young adult medicine at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, the efforts of Texas state officials to investigate gender-affirming health care for transgender and gender-diverse youth as child abuse are infuriating.

“It’s gutting a whole host of life-saving services that are critically needed,” said Garofalo, a professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, in an interview.

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