Detransitioners Continue To Sue Their Doctors

The mounting lawsuits could be pivotal in the ongoing controversy over cross-sex treatments of minors.

Written by Anthony Cash

What’s happening: Two detransitioners are suing their doctors and counselors for pressuring them to undergo sex-change treatments when they were minors, alleging the procedures permanently damaged their bodies.

  • Texas: Soren Aldaco, 21, alleges that her doctors pressured her to take cross-sex hormones when she was 17 and undergo a double mastectomy the next year. The mastectomy left her with severe injuries, with blood pooling around her chest and her “nipples peeling off.” Aldaco said she was mentally unwell and needed therapy for depression and anxiety instead.

  • North Carolina: Prisha Mosley, 25, says that at 17, her doctors also pressured her to take testosterone and to have a double mastectomy the following year. She says her doctors “lied” when they told her that the hormone injections would make her able to “grow a penis.” The effects are irreversible: Mosley has a deep voice, body and facial hair, neck and shoulder pain, and damaged genitalia.

The trend: Detransitioners are suing doctors globally. Several lawsuits have been filed in the U.S., Canada, Australia, Spain, and the United Kingdom. Chloe Cole brought the first major detransitioner lawsuit in the United States. While Republicans nationwide have moved to restrict the treatments legislatively, the lawsuits aim directly at the medical industry.

Why it matters: “Detransitioner lawsuits have the potential to bring about significant changes in the field of pediatric gender medicine in the United States,” investigative reporter Christina Buttons tells Upward News.

  • What’s next? “Medical providers may become more cautious, implementing more rigorous practices to avoid legal actions and higher insurance expenses. This could effectively end the practice of medically transitioning minors,” she says.

Follow the money: Victories for detransitioners could cut the large profits clinics make on cross-sex treatments by causing insurers to regard them as a liability and forcing providers to change how they advertise them.