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Controversial GENECIS Clinic Allowed to Continue

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Children’s Medical Center Dallas | Image by UT Southwestern Medical Center

The controversial transgender youth clinic, GENECIS, at Children’s Medical Center Dallas has continued to see dozens of new patients throughout the protracted legal battle between the hospital and its chief medical director, Dr. Ximena Lopez.

As reported previously by The Dallas Express, in November 2021, Children’s Medical Center Dallas announced that it was shuttering its transgender youth clinic in Dallas amidst concerns surrounding the ongoing public debate over the availability of medical interventions to minors with gender dysphoria.

The clinic’s chief medical director, Dr. Ximena Lopez, then sued her employer for its closure, alleging that it was “discriminatory against patients based upon their gender identity.”

Lopez also sued under the banner of professional autonomy and claimed that the hospital’s decision interfered with her ability to practice medicine.

In May, Judge Melissa Bellan restored the clinic and allowed it to remain open while the lawsuit was ongoing.

At the time, Lopez’s attorney Charla Aldous commented on the judge’s order, stating, “What this means is that Dr. Lopez and her colleagues can treat new and existing patients as they see fit, free from any interference from outside sources, for at least as long as this case works its way through the system.”

After the ruling was handed down, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton attempted to intervene to halt the treatment of these minors, but Judge Bellan quickly ruled against him.

Paxton then appealed her decision. However, a panel of judges on Texas’ Fifth Court of Appeals ruled against Paxton, writing in a short opinion, “After reviewing the petition and the record before us, we conclude that the State has failed to demonstrate that the trial court abused its discretion.”

According to recent reports, Dr. Lopez has seen 72 new patients, all minors, at her clinic since the May ruling by Judge Bellan restored its operations.

Brent Walker, another attorney for Lopez, said that the number of new minor patients allegedly shows a need for clinics providing medical interventions, such as transgender hormones and sex-change surgeries, to minors with gender dysphoria.

He also chided Paxton for attempting to intervene in the case, stating, “The only reason the attorney general was trying to get into this case was for the sake of his personal politics, not because of his constitutional duties and certainly not because he has concerns about these children and parents, who need the kind of care Dr. Lopez and the others provide.”

After the decision to allow the transgender youth clinic to reopen in May, The Dallas Express reached out to Kelly Neidert, the head of Protect Texas Kids, an organization that has regularly protested the clinic and opposes the transitioning of minors.

When asked about how she felt about Judge Bellan’s decision to allow the clinic to reopen, Neidert was clear the Legislature would need to weigh in, as they appear poised to do in Tennessee.

“I’m hopeful that we can get the work that Dr. Lopez does completely banned. It’s disturbing that this is being allowed in Texas,” she said.

Lopez will continue to have the ability to accept and see new patients for the duration of the trial, which has yet to begin but is slated for April 2023.

At that point, the case will go to a jury to determine a final verdict.

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Dick Smith
Dick Smith
1 month ago

I’m curious, if minors can go to this clinic and get “hormone treatments” that essentially change their gender. What’s stopping the young men and women who are in athletics from utilizing the same services?
I mean, it would be discriminatory if a young man who’s 5’3” and identified as a basketball player of 6’10” 285 lbs, to have to be trapped in the body of a 5’3” child of 90lbs. What’s to stop his parents from demanding he’s placed on high doses of growth hormone so he doesn’t have to suffer the horrible side effects of being enslaved into the physical being that he was forced to inhabit when the good doctor could simply pump him full of anabolic steroids and growth hormone?
I mean, this kid has as much right to be a man when he’s 13 as the girl down the street from him has, does he not?

Harriet holiday
Harriet holiday
1 month ago

Shameful that this clinic is still open. This is child abuse. I applaud Ken Paxton for bringing the lawsuit. What are these other people thinking?

13/64
13/64
1 month ago

It’s Weimar all over again. Keep it up degenerates. Keep pushing. They never learn and this country will be in ruins for it.

Steve
Steve
1 month ago

This is pure evil,

Betty Moffitt
Betty Moffitt
1 month ago

Ximena Lopez is in it for the money. If she cared about these children, she wouldn’t take advantage of them like this.

Mary Ellen Bluntzer
Mary Ellen Bluntzer
1 month ago

Real scientific evidence shows that brains of minors are not fully developed. How can we consider allowing ‘children’ to make such serious decisions. Parents will be legally held responsible for abusing their children when any of them decide it was a mistake to make the gender change at that age. Lawsuits against parents and doctors are already happening. This seems legally obvious to me. Regardless of one’s opinion about gender change, children act like children. Parents have responsibility for medical decisions of their children. I don’t understand how that can be legally ignored. Anyone having informatio about, please respond. I would appreciate any resources you may have.