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DOJ Charges Texas Doctor Who Exposed 'Gender-Affirming' Care For Minors

•, by Tom Ozimek

The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Monday unsealed an indictment against Dr. Eithan Haim, who last year leaked evidence of cross-sex hormone procedures being performed at a Texas hospital despite the facility claiming to have halted them, with the surgeon facing four felony counts for alleged violations of a medical-records law that could land him in prison for up to 10 years.

The DOJ announced on June 17 that it had charged Dr. Haim for obtaining protected individual health information for patients who were not under his care, allegedly acting without authorization and with intent to cause malicious harm to Texas Children's Hospital (TCH).

The controversy centers on the fact that TCH, the largest children's hospital in the country, publicly declared in March 2022 that it was halting "hormone-related prescription therapies for gender-affirming services" for minors, citing potential legal and criminal liability after Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton declared that prescription of puberty blockers was "child abuse" under Texas law.

Documents leaked by Dr. Haim purportedly showed that the hospital continued to perform some "gender-affirming" therapies after the announcement, including one procedure on an 11-year-old three days after it made the declaration.

Ultimately, Texas legislators adopted a ban on sex-change procedures and puberty blocker prescriptions for children, which went into effect in mid-2023 after a legal challenge. TCH declared that year that it would no longer offer any transgender medical procedures for children.

Dr. Haim, who was set to make a court appearance on June 17 before U.S. Magistrate Yvonne Y. Ho in Houston, faces 10 years in prison and a $250,000 maximum possible fine if convicted on charges of violating the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).