According to Dr. Timothy Reeder, newly elected Pitt County representative, his employer ECU Health does not provide puberty blockers to children. But that’s not true.
by: Sloan Rachmuth
Last November, Republican Dr. Tim Reeder won his election in Pitt county by a 1% margin over Democrat incumbent Brian Farkas. While running for office, Reeder touted his expertise in healthcare as ECU's Vice Chair for Clinical Operations of Emergency Medicine.
Since Reeder also describes himself as a "lifelong Conservative," voters expected him to denounce ECU's new "gender" clinic for children. But that didn’t happen. Reeder instead denied that his employer was marketing sex-change services for children as young as 4-years old.
Representative Reeder denied that ECU had a pediatric gender clinic weeks after news of it broke. He told his constituents that news of the clinic was inaccurate, though we had been able to make an appointment for a 14-year old child just days before our interview.
Representative Reeder denies that ECU had a pediatric gender clinic, even though ECU Health advertises it on its website:
Representative Reeder denies that ECU had a pediatric gender clinic despite news articles to the contrary.
Reeder says that he does not support giving children blockers to children, and there's no reason to doubt his sincerity.
By every account, Reeder is an outstanding physician. He knows the risks of administering these dangerous drugs to children.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics:
"There is not a single long-term study to demonstrate the safety or efficacy of puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones and surgeries for transgender-believing youth.
"Temporary use of puberty blocker Lupron has also been associated with and may be the cause of many serious permanent side effects including osteoporosis, mood disorders, seizures, cognitive impairment and, when combined with cross-sex hormones, sterility. In addition to the harm from Lupron, cross-sex hormones put youth at an increased risk of heart attacks, stroke, diabetes, blood clots and cancers across their lifespan. Add to this the fact that physically healthy transgender-believing girls are being given double mastectomies at 13 and hysterectomies at 16, while their male counterparts are referred for surgical castration and penectomies at 16 and 17, respectively, and it becomes clear that affirming transition in children is about mutilating and sterilizing emotionally troubled youth. "
Reeder, however, seems so keen on covering up for his employer, ECU, that he is willing to gaslight about the existence of this dangerous practice. That’s a problem because this dishonest behavior is likely to continue now that Reeder is a politician.
Also disappointing, once Reeder realizes we are asking him tough questions on camera, he demanded we stop recording.
Since North Carolina is a single-party consent state for recording conversations, and because we felt the public’s right to know outweighs Dr. Reeder’s desire to duck the issues; we continued to record the conversation.
We will release the rest of our interview tomorrow.