TN Rep Responds To Claims That Legislators Refused To Take Action On “Gender Affirming” Surgeries At Vanderbilt

Oct 20, 2022 | Political News

In an interview with Forge and Anvil, Representative Ryan Williams (R-District 42-Cookeville) said that members of the Tennessee General Assembly were not aware that Vanderbilt was doing ‘gender affirming’ procedures prior to Matt Walsh’s exposé.  

In September, Walsh’s report outlined the use of irreversible puberty blockers, cross sex hormones, and surgeries on healthy children at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN.

Legislation to prevent the mutilation of minors has been sponsored by Senator Janice Bowling (R-District 16-Tullahoma) and Representative John Ragan (R-District33-Oak Ridge) for the last two years but Williams said that legislators were focused on passing bills to address matters that they knew for a fact were happening in the state. 

During the interview, Williams recalled one of the first bills that Ragan worked on.