A woman who was pumped with testosterone and underwent hormone therapy when she was a young teenager is suing both her doctors and the American Academy of Pediatrics, which her lawyers say has knowingly lied about the impact of the radical sex-change treatments it recommends, according to a copy of the lawsuit obtained exclusively by The Daily Wire.
The lawsuit not only goes after the doctors who treated Ayala, but also the American Academy of Pediatrics, where Rafferty and his colleagues worked to publish a now-infamous policy statement advocating for aggressive gender treatments for children. Lawyers for Ayala say the policy statement laid the groundwork for an “entirely new model of treatment” based on “outright fraudulent representations” of scientific proof.
Rafferty was the lead author for the policy statement, and the lawsuit argues he’s used it to launch his medical career.
“[Rafferty] has gone from a little-known resident during his time drafting the Gender Policy Statement to having a highly successful practice in pediatric gender care and considered a leading authority on the subject, all while operating under the imprimatur of the authority he falsely created,” it says.
Among the other doctors involved in treating Ayala at the Hasbro Children’s Hospital Gender Clinic in Rhode Island was Dr. Michelle Forcier, a proponent of so-called “gender affirming care” for children whose perspective was featured in Walsh’s “What Is A Woman?” documentary. Ayala told Forcier that she was “increasingly depressed and anxious” with the testosterone treatments, but she did nothing to intervene.
The lawsuit argues that Forcier has also boosted her career through advocacy for radical treatments, pointing to her appearing in the “What Is A Woman?” documentary. The lawsuit notes that Forcier “was prominently featured in one of the most viewed documentaries of all time in 2022 as a leading expert in pediatric gender care and puberty blockers.”
In the interview, Forcier denies the existence of reality when it comes to gender. Asked whether it’s possible to know the gender of a chicken laying an egg, Forcier stated that it’s only possible to assign that chicken a gender.
The lawsuit comes as the number of detransitioners who regret undergoing sex-change treatments spike in the United States. Nonprofit group Do No Harm published a “Detransitioner Bill Of Rights” earlier this month, laying out a legislative blueprint for empowering victims to go after medical professionals who administered treatments and help with reversing the effects of gender transition surgeries.