In today’s News:
Medical journal retracts study on sex change treatment
Dr. Andre van Mol, American College Of Pediatricians adolescent sexuality committee co-chair, was the lead author of one of six letters to the editor of American Journal Of Psychiatry (AJP) critical of the methods and findings of the 2019 Branstrom & Pachankis study in AJP claiming decreased mental health treatment use from gender-affirming surgeries. His team included endocrinologist Michael Laidlaw and renowned psychiatrists Miriam Grossman and Prof. Paul McHugh. AJP decided “to seek statistical consultations” on the study, along with reanalysis by the study authors, leading to AJP issuing a correction that there was “no advantage to surgery,” and the study authors conceding “our conclusion . . . Was too strong.” The Branstrom study itself stated that “gender-affirming hormone treatment” provided no improvement either. Consequently, the study, and transgender affirming interventions, now seem invalidated.
Lawmakers defend ‘heartbeat bill’
Georgia Republican leaders are fighting in court to defend a state pro-life law that bans abortions once an unborn baby’s heartbeat is detectable. The 2019 Heartbeat Law currently is blocked by a court order, but Gov. Brian Kemp’s administration is appealing to the 11th circuit court of appeals, Bloomberg Law reports. The state law bans abortions after an unborn baby’s heartbeat is detectable, about six weeks of pregnancy. State lawmakers expected a legal challenge when they passed the law in 2019. The Georgia pro-life law allows exceptions for rape, incest and threats to the mother’s life. In addition, the law allows parents to claim unborn babies as dependents on their taxes and includes unborn babies in census data. It also allows mothers to collect child support for pregnancy and delivery costs from the father prior to the baby’s birth.
Woman dies following an abortion
The West Alabama Women’s Center is estimated to have killed over 80,000 preborn babies in its decades of operation, and recently, an abortion client died after a procedure there. According to Operation Rescue and CEC for life, the botched abortion which caused the woman’s death was committed on May 7. Witnesses saw the woman, escorted by another person, leaving the facility in clear distress. The woman was pale and could barely walk even just a few feet to a vehicle waiting for her. Despite these clear signs of an injury, it appears that a 911 call was not made by anyone at the facility. The woman was taken to Druid City Hospital, where facility staffers confirmed she passed away. The West Alabama Women’s Center was sold in the same month that the woman was killed. Long-time owner Gloria Grey was seeking to retire, and abortion activists with the Yellowhammer Fund launched a successful crowdfunding campaign to buy the facility. The Yellowhammer Fund’s communications director at the time was noted pro-abortion writer Robin Marty, who is now the communications director for the West Alabama Women’s Center.