The Department of Justice was hammered by critics over a perceived double standard on threats to hospitals performing child transgender operations and threats to pro-life birth centers.
The DOJ responded Wednesday to reports of threats made to the Boston Children's Hospital over videos they posted that advocated for gender reassignment treatments and surgeries for people younger than 18 years old.
“Today’s news about the alleged threats directed at Boston Children’s Hospital transgender health program is disturbing to say the least," read the statement from U.S. Attorney Rachael Rollins.
"Children deserve an opportunity to thrive and grow as their own authentic selves," she added. "Parents/guardians and health care providers who support them in that journey should be allowed to do so free of threats and harassment. I want to make it clear that the Department of Justice will ensure equal protection of transgender people under the law."
The Boston Children's Hospital had also issued a statement denying that it performs gender surgeries on children, despite video evidence posted to social media.
"For hysterectomies and other genital surgeries performed as part of gender-affirming care, Boston Children’s requires a patient to be capable of consenting for themselves," the hospital's statement read. "Age 18 is used to reflect the standard age of majority for medical decision-making. Boston Children’s does not perform genital surgeries as part of gender-affirming care on a patient under the age of 18.”
Many on social media berated the DOJ for jumping to defend hospitals based on the transgender agenda but doing nothing similar for pro-life birth centers facing threats from abortion activists.
"I must’ve missed the DOJ statements regarding domestic terrorism aimed at crisis pregnancy centers (i.e. actual, physical violence) as well," replied Becket Adams of the Washington Examiner.
"The Department of Justice acts within days to declare it’s intent to prosecute those criticizing pediatric gender surgeries. Contrast this with arson, vandalism, and violence against churches and pregnancy resource centers," tweeted the account for the Catholic Vote organization.
"Correct me if I'm wrong, but the Justice Department has not made a statement like this about the dozens of *actual attacks* on pro-life crisis pregnancy centers over the past couple months," tweeted Chuck Ross of the Washington Free Beacon.
While the DOJ did not publicly denounce the threats and violence against pro-life centers, FBI Director Christopher Wray did testify before Congress that the bureau had opened several "domestic violent extremism investigations" into those attacks.
Here's more about the attacks on pro-life centers:
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