Chaya Raichik is willing to blow up children’s hospitals “in the name of the children”

I find conservatives’ obsession with gender affirmation therapy to be disturbing and bizarre. This Libs of TikTok fanatic, Chaya Raichik, has been haranguing hospital help lines in an effort to get incriminating sound bites for her sensationalist channel. And she succeeded!

Last Friday, Libs of TikTok’s founder Chaya Raichik posted an audio recording of her discussion with hospital telephone operators who said that “a 16-year-old trans boy would be eligible for a hysterectomy at the hospital’s gender development clinic,” The Washington Post reported.

One operator told Raichik that a 16-year-old child would be “in the clear” to receive the operation. A second operator told her that “all different type[s] of age groups” come in for the operation and that “kids” younger than 16 have come in for the procedure.

Yeah, no. Transgender groups are on tenterhooks right now, aware that the mob is ready to rampage and kill, and are scrupulous about avoiding doing anything irreversible to a minor, no matter how much the child may desire it. I don’t believe that they got a revelation from an informed expert at the hospital — they badgered a person who probably primarily handles appointment scheduling to say something wrong. You might want to instead base your opinions on what pediatricians and ethicists say:

One of the most complicated ethical issues that arises in children’s hospitals today is the issue of whether it is ever permissible to perform a procedure for a minor that will result in permanent sterilization. In most cases, the answer is no. The availability of good, safe, long-acting contraception allows surgical options to be postponed when the primary goal of such surgical options is to prevent pregnancy. But what if a minor has congenital urogenital anomalies or other medical conditions for which the best treatment is a hysterectomy? In those cases, the primary goal of therapy is not to prevent pregnancy. Instead, sterility is an unfortunate side effect of a medically indicated treatment. Should that side effect preclude the provision of a therapy that is otherwise medically appropriate? We present a case that raises these issues, and asked experts in law, bioethics, community advocacy, and gynecology to respond. They discuss whether the best option is to proceed with the surgery or to cautiously delay making a decision to give the teenager more time to carefully consider all of the options.

It’s just not done. You can find people who claim it is done — Raichik and her collection of freaks included — but the hospital has denied it and they have nothing but an uninformed claim by someone who is not a medical expert.

The recording, made by Libs of TikTok founder Chaya Raichik, features two telephone operators at the renowned D.C. medical facility stating — in response to Raichik’s questions — that a 16-year-old trans boy would be eligible for a hysterectomy at the hospital’s gender development clinic. Children’s has not disputed the authenticity of the recording but said the employees provided inaccurate information.

“None of the people who were secretly recorded by this activist group deliver care to our patients,” hospital spokeswoman Ariana Ahmadi Perez said. “We do not and have never performed gender-affirming hysterectomies for anyone under the age of 18.”

Now the hospital is flooded with threats. Some human beings seem to favor an opportunity, even a false opportunity, to exercise some self-righteous violence. I think it’s less about protecting children and more about venting some aggression and believing they are heroic…by screaming at a children’s hospital.

Children’s National Hospital has been inundated with threatening emails and phone calls after an influential right-wing Twitter account published a recording that falsely suggested the hospital is performing hysterectomies on transgender children, a hospital spokeswoman said. The torrent of harassment was accompanied by social media posts suggesting that Children’s be bombed and its doctors placed in a woodchipper.

Chaya Raichik has been suspended from Twitter temporarily for spreading misinformation. Not banned, mind you, despite her long history of vicious rumor-mongering. We’re going to have to wait for one of her followers to throw a doctor in a woodchipper before that happens.

Oh, Twitter. Forever pretending to be ethical, forever failing before the siren call of profitable traffic.


  1. wzrd1 says

    Fear not. Soon, those desiring to smite with great lethality in the merciful name of the lard will get all hospitals shuttred as heretical places.
    Then, the pharmacies and we can go back to natural leeches…
    While enjoying livestreaming videos of religious warfare in our streets, the winner getting to have the nukes.

  2. stuffin says

    First off, “the hospital operator” is not the person who makes those decisions, nor should that person be offering any medical information. Their job is to direct the caller to where they may find answers to their questions. Those people’s jobs may be in jeopardy

    Once you’ve identified the source of information, alarm bells should going off in the brain.

  3. Oggie: Mathom says

    My sister-in-law, who has Down’s Syndrome, was sterilized when she was seven years old. The hospital (one of the ones near DC) set up a meeting with the parents, the primary care physician, a medical lawyer, and two medical ethicists and (at the time — 1970 or 71) it was decided by all involved that it was the right thing to do. My parents-in-law had to pay for the surgery out of pocket as their health insurance refused to cover the $700 procedure.
    My son-in-law and my daughter had decided not to have children long before they got married. Son-in-law tried to get fixed as soon as he had a job with health benefits. His PCP said no, he’s too young. He went to a private doctor, not affiliated with the health care system of his PCP, who said no. He got in touch with his old pediatrician who said sure.

    Yes, I know that these cases are completely different from gender-affirmative therapies. So it is really difficult for a young adult to find a doctor willing to perform a vasectomy and these TikTokAssholes think that Children’s Hospital does these on an assembly-line basis?

    And, of course, the answer is violence. Because fascism, the cult of action for action’s sake, sees violence as not just a way to solve whatever you think the problem is, but is seen as cultural virility, and cleansing.

  4. says

    …and these TikTokAssholes think that Children’s Hospital does these on an assembly-line basis?

    Yes, that’s something the transphobes have been saying for quite awhile now: unspecified “trans activists” are fast-tracking unspecified teens into gender-reassignment surgery “on an assembly-line basis” in unspecified parts of one or more unspecified countries. Some Patheos Atheist blogs had a guy named 90Lew90 who was flogging this allegation, and citing a UK court case that said exactly the opposite of what he was claiming. And he kept on insisting the ruling proved his claims, even after I’d directly pasted bits of text from said ruling that very clearly said the opposite.

  5. raven says

    The torrent of harassment was accompanied by social media posts suggesting that Children’s be bombed and its doctors placed in a woodchipper.

    Threats and death threats are crimes, they are felonies.
    It is considered a form of terrorism because…it is a form of terrorism.

    The police occasionally do arrest people for death threats.
    They ignore most of them though, partly because there are so many.
    It helps a lot if you are a prominent Hollywood celebrity, a judge, a politician, or very rich.

    It would go a long way to stopping this if the police would very publicly remind people of this by arresting a few of the leaders like Chaya Raichik.

  6. raven says

    What Chaya Raichik et al. are doing is stochastic terrorism.
    Where there is hate speech, what follows is often…hate violence.

    Pennsylvania man arrested, accused of threatening to kill FBI › nation › 2022/08/16

    Aug 16, 2022 — Adam Bies, 46, was arrested days after FBI agents searched former president Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club … A previous version of this article …

    I left one group out of my list of those eligible to have the laws enforced for them.

    The police and FBI.
    I guess if you are in charge of enforcing the laws, you can include yourself in that privileged group that are covered by the laws.

  7. raven says

    TikTok is owned by a Chinese company and heavily controlled by the Chinese government.
    Facebook is merely seriously evil, while TikTok is actively malevolent against the West and the USA itself. It is a propaganda channel that China uses to attack the West by disinformation and propaganda.

    This is relevant since..”.Libs of TikTok’s founder Chaya Raichik” are using TikTok. Doing exactly what the Chinese government wants, causing huge problems for the USA.
    It is worse elsewhere. TikTok is on the side of the Russians and suppressing any content from…Ukraine. Get lost TikTok.

    China’s TikTok is awful. It’s a spy. A brain drain. The US has ... › editorials › article263026353

    Jun 29, 2022 — China’s TikTok app is a sophisticated surveillance tool used to harvest personal and sensitive information from American citizens, ..


  8. divineconspiracy667 says

    Raven @8:
    All the big social media is that way.
    Yesterday I tried out Google Shorts for the first time (I guess it’s their competitor for Tik Tok) and within six videos I found myself watching a racist PragerU video.
    I looked but couldn’t find a “don’t recommend this channel” option like Youtube has.
    So I sent a complaint to Google Shorts and now I don’t plan on ever using it again.

  9. Owlmirror says

    It’s ironic that the person doing all this selective editing and deliberate incitement is Jewish, because if someone with the same sort of animus towards Jews was doing similar things towards Jewish and Jewish-affiliated groups, it would rightly be called what it is: blood libel.

  10. birgerjohansson says

    Fight fire with fire.
    Raichik uses informational viral units, let’s give her something self-replicating in turn
    (I am totally not thinking of those British meat products that contained prions)

  11. says

    Oh, these people have no problem mutilating kids when it’s for the parents’ convenience. Intersex babies, for one. And poor Ashley X, mutilated so she’ll be the size of a child forever, so her parents can keep her at home. (I’m super suspicious of any father in that situation, for good reason. Do y’all know how many disabled kids are victims of SA?)

  12. StevoR says

    How is what Chaya Raichik said not incitement to violence and hate speech even in the USA?

  13. StevoR says

    @ ^ I mean in the legal sense of this is a criminal offence that gets Chaya arrested as well as the obviously, yes it is hate speech sense? Why isn’t Raichik in jail or facing serious legal repercussions for this?

  14. Rich Woods says

    @StevoR #15:

    Perhaps Lindsey Graham has already been telling the cops that if Raichik gets arrested there’ll be riots in the streets.

  15. silvrhalide says

    @2 It’s been my experience that the doctors’ offices/hospitals/clinics/etc. often hire the cheapest dimwit they can find. I’ve dealt with several who freely offered medical advice or diagnoses over the phone, sight unseen. Including the receptionist/secretary, who, when my mother called her OB/GYN to make an appointment about some some cancer concerns, told her “that’s just the the ‘change of life’!” (I guess we can’t use medical terms like menopause or ovarian cancer in an OB/GYN’s office?! WTF?!) Needless to say, my mother was deeply upset, so I called the doctor’s office (this was immediately after she’d hung up) and told the dimwit on the phone to get me the doctor, NOW. To which I was told “he’s busy right now”. I told dimwit that he was going to be a lot busier if he didn’t get his ass on the phone because the next call I made was going to be to the state licensing board, about unlicensed medical practitioners making diagnoses, sight unseen, at that practice. The response “I was only trying to help, you don’t have to be so nasty”. I told her that given her amazing psychic powers of medical diagnosis, it was hard to believe that she was the one answering the phones.

    I wonder how many women received inappropriate or inadequate care at that practice because of that condescending, dismissive asshole at the front desk.

    The point is that when hospitals (or any other professional concern) hire idiots because they’re cheap, they should not be surprised when those decisions come back to bite them in the ass. Chaya Raichik is a toxic little troglodyte who is wrong about everything but the DC hospital always had this coming. If it wasn’t Raichik, it was going to be someone else.

    For the record, I agree with everything you said. I’m just surprised that she only found one or two front-line operators like that. I would have expected higher numbers, frankly.

  16. Tethys says

    Silvrhalide ~ I wonder how many women received inappropriate or inadequate care at that practice because of that condescending, dismissive asshole at the front desk.

    Leaving aside the issue of gatekeeping receptionists, IME as a woman, getting the medical professionals to remove their sexism blinders and not dismiss the patients issue as if they are a silly child is generally step one.

    I was lying on my floor bleeding to death, hoping the ambulance would arrive soon, but that evil and stoopid damn receptionist refused to put a nurse on the line and hung up on me. Twice. I just wanted to ask if there was any way to staunch the blood before I lost consciousness.

  17. says

    It’s just not done.

    …For trans people. If a two year old cis boy lost his dick in a car crash, do you really think the doctors would make him wait until he was 18 to get a phalloplasty? Doctors and insurance companies hold trans people to an absurd standard that they would never hold cis people to. But even then conservatives say it’s not enough.

  18. StevoR says

    @16. Rich Woods : As if it isn’t police duty to arrest rioters and prevent riots and keep order huh? Yeah. The American police’s* double standard & variation in responses here is rather staggering in its hypocrisy. Plus Lindsey Graham’s too as you know.

    /Cap’n Obvs.

    .* What’s the rule when something is grammtically both plural and posessive?