The FBI has arrested a New England woman for allegedly making bomb threat calls to Boston Children’s Hospital amid a relentless campaign of violent threats from the far right a public statement about the services the health center provides for transgender youth.
Catherine Leavy of Westfield, Massachusetts was charged with one count of telephone bomb threat, US Attorney Rachael S. Rollins announced at a news conference Thursday.
“While I cannot comment further on the alleged motives of this case, I would like to say in general that health care providers who support and provide care to individuals gender diversity and transgender and their families deserve to do so without fear,” she said.
Leavy was arrested at her home on Thursday without incident.
Boston Children received latest bomb threat just after 11 a.m. september 9, called by an anonymous caller. Police, who did not find any explosives at the site, did not disclose the nature of the threat or any other details at the time. It follows a similar threat anonymous bomb threat on August 30.
Boston Children, founded in 2007 the first major transgender health care program for children and adolescents in the United States, has been attacked almost continuously by right wingers in recent weeks. Death threats targeting specific doctors at Boston Children have supposedly started appearing on the rightmost message boardsand Fox News firefighter Tucker Carlson took the opportunity to tell its 3 million nightly viewers that the kind of care the Children of Boston provides is equivalent to “child sexual mutilation. “
“We believe in a model of gender-affirming care that supports transgender and gender-diverse youth within the gender they identify with,” he said. Web site status of Multi-Specialization Services (GeMS) program by gender. “This is a scientific evidence-based standard of care that demonstrates its benefits to the health and well-being of transgender and gender-diverse youth… We are here to affirm, promote, and advocate for.” for transgender and gender-diverse youth, and we remain committed to doing all we can to support their care and well-being. “
The program has treated about 1,000 patients over the past 25 years and has begun to focus on gender-diverse youth. Today, patients are between 3 and 25 years old.
But when the right-wing Twitter account LibsofTikTok took aim at Children’s Hospital Boston in early August, falsely claiming that the hospital “is currently offering “gender-affirming uterine surgery” to girls. young girl,” the attacks began.
“This is monstrous,” former Trump official Stephen Miller tweeted in response. “How does anyone involved with this still have a medical license?”
Doctors who worked on the program were subjected to intense abuse on social media, where people spoke out against the alleged “mutilation” and “child abuse” taking place. The hospital said it experienced a sharp increase in harassing phone calls and emails, with some threatening violence.
Boston Children has tried to fight misinformation with facts.
“The article and subsequent online attention were based on the incorrect claim that Boston Children performed a hysterectomy in a minor in connection with transgender care,” the hospital said. said in a statement. “For a hysterectomy performed as part of sex-affirming care, Boston Children requires that patients be able to give their own consent. Age 18 is used to reflect the standard age of adulthood for making medical decisions. Boston Children does not — and will not — perform a hysterectomy as part of sex-determined care for patients under the age of 18”
If convicted, Leavy faces up to five years in prison.