University Founded by Methodist Church to Offer Sex Change Surgeries to Students

Vanderbilt UniversityNASHVILLE – A private university in Tennessee that was founded by the Methodist Church will soon begin covering transgender-related surgeries under its student insurance plans, drawing sharp criticism from a local congresswoman.

Vanderbilt University is a private school in Nashville, Tennessee. For the first 40 years of its existence, Vanderbilt was under the auspices of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. However, the school and the church severed their ties with each other in 1914.

According to a report from Vanderbilt’s student newspaper, the school will soon begin covering transgender-related surgeries under the student insurance plan. Medical documentation obtained by Christian News Network shows that the operations will be covered just like “any other eligible service” once the policy goes into effect at the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year, meaning students will not have to pay for the surgeries out of pocket.

Over 70 colleges and universities across the U.S. currently provide similar services to their students. Evidently, a small number of activists at Vanderbilt convinced university officials to include sex-change surgeries in the insurance plan.

“The change was proposed by Dr. Louise Hanson, director of the Vanderbilt student health center, after she met with several student patients who wanted to pursue the operations but couldn’t afford them,” the student newspaper’s report said.

Hanson said she was upset that some students could not afford sex-change surgeries and urged the university to finance the operations.

“It came out of feeling limited in our ability to take full and complete care of our transgender students,” Hanson told The Tennessean. “It really came out of our frustration.”

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Cynthia Cyrus, vice provost for learning and residential affairs at Vanderbilt, was part of the committee that considered Hanson’s proposal. She said they swiftly approved the proposition without much deliberation.

“It was relatively non-controversial on our side,” Cyrus said, according to reports. “It was maybe a two-paragraph conversation, not deeply debated in any way.”

Although university officials are downplaying the controversial nature of the policy change, at least one local lawmaker is criticizing the school’s decision. In a statement on her website, U.S. Representative Diane Black said the move lacks common sense.

“Let’s be honest, this decision is not about the health and wellbeing of Vanderbilt University students, it is about the political agenda of liberal university administrators,” said Black, who represents Tennessee’s 6th Congressional District. “Our institutions of higher learning exist to graduate students who are career ready and are prepared to compete in the global economy, not to play politics by providing insurance coverage of medically unnecessary procedures while raking in federal grants.”

“With this stunt, Vanderbilt University has shown itself to be completely out of touch with the values of most Tennesseans, and has surely alienated more than a few students, parents, and donors,” she continued. “I’m especially concerned that, by the university’s own admission, this decision was ‘not deeply debated in any way’—showing just how little thought went in to such a far-reaching policy. For all the advanced degrees that exist among Vanderbilt University’s senior administration, there is a painfully obvious lack of commonsense.”

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  • ComeOnPeople!

    Anyone who has done a study on the affects of Transgenders surgery would know it is plainly abusing those suffering from delusions. Go read the stories of the Trans who have had surgeries & not only suffered needless intense pain but also total depression afterwards. Who had reality hit them square in the face that surgery did not make them the sex they wished to be but rather scared them for life. Those who attempted to become a different gender via surgery found they could never procreate, suffered a lot of pain inwardly and outwardly and were ashamed of their new appearance , yet had no way to go back and undo what they had done. This is an attack on humanity people. This is an outright spiritual attack on the hearts and minds of disillusioned young people and college students across America. May GOD help them to see themselves as HE created them.

    • Amos Moses

      Two of the greatest tragedies in life …………….. not getting what you want ……… and getting it …………..

    • Jalapeno

      Keep in mind that studies have repeatedly shown that most trans-gendered individuals who transition do not regret it AND it has positive outcomes on stress levels, suicide risk, and other mental health measurements.

      • Josey

        you are deluded!

  • TheBottomline4This

    Oh well. Given it’s not a Christian University, not really surprised.

  • BravesFan

    Tranny surgery is never a medical necessity, therefore it should not be covered under insurance. You might as well start offering free elective cosmetic surgery. You want to mutilate yourself, do it on your own dime.

    • TheBottomline4This

      It’s just as crazy as this mental illness being pushed as “normal”. I know it’s a minority that is trans and supports this stuff to begin with, given social media enlarging it’s voice, but please…I agree. let them pay for it themselves.

    • Jalapeno

      It’s a medical necessity in the way that other mental health treatments are.

      Do they cover other mental health treatments?

      • BravesFan

        If you have a mental illness, it is solved by treating the illness, not by mutilating one’s body. This is the equivalent of dictating that liposuction for anorexics be covered under insurance.

        • Jalapeno

          No..because liposuction for anorexics is not a proven treatment.

          Transitioning is.

          • BravesFan

            Actually, no, it’s still under evaluation. It’s the “best guess.” Trannies still have a very high suicide rate after getting their delusions catered to, and a not insignificant number have regrets. But you’re only interested in the propaganda that gets put out there to snap everyone into line, not the real truth.

          • Jalapeno

            We know how well it works..and for many patients, it’s the best treatment.

            The suicide risk after transitioning is lower than the suicide risk before…why would you try to compare it to the general population? That’s a bit of an unfair comparison…no ones pretending like it’s a perfect treatment. The goal is to get them as happy as possible.

          • BravesFan

            Out of curiosity, would you amputate a person’s arm if they felt persistently like they should have only been born with one arm? Would you advocate blinding someone (with drain cleaner, perhaps, as did actually happen) if they truly, sincerely felt like they should have been born blind?

          • Jalapeno

            No..we have a better treatment that works for people with body dysmporphia.

            We’ve even been able to see what happens to people who cut off their own arms in the past..and we know that it typically doesnt fix it.

          • Josey

            The statistics by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the Williams Institute finds that Over 41 percent of active “transgender” people try to kill themselves. That’s ten times the average 4.6 percent suicide attempt rate.

            And this study isn’t the only one proving that those who seek to live as if they were the opposite sex are, in fact, killing themselves. Over a dozen other surveys worldwide have found the same alarmingly high suicide rates.

          • Jalapeno

            Yes, post-transition transgendered people still have a high suicide rate.

            It is LOWER than the suicide rate of the people who have not yet transitioned. Why would you compare it to the general population?

      • Ken Faivor

        It is suitable that you would associate transgenderism with mental illness. They should treat it as such, and not cater to to the illusion surgically.

        • Jalapeno

          What treatment do you suggest?

          • Ken Faivor

            The only one that works, and the only one that’s free……But it cost you your life. Being born from above entitles you to all the benefits of the kingdom. That includes deliverance from the curse of sin and death.

          • Jalapeno

            Where’s the evidence suggesting that religion has better outcomes than actual medical treatment? You know, something in a peer-reviewed journal or something similar…

          • Ken Faivor

            No…..Sorry, that’s the one condition….you must receive it by faith.

            Heb 11:1 Now faith is assurance of things hoped for, a conviction of things NOT SEEN.

          • Jalapeno

            So.. It’s not actually an alternative treatment.

            So what are you suggesting a doctor does if a patient comes in that wants to start transitioning?

          • Ken Faivor

            I would suggest that a doctor get out of that line of work.

            1Ti 5:22 Lay hands hastily on no man, neither be partaker of other men’s sins: keep thyself pure.

          • Jalapeno

            Okay.. So you don’t actually have an alternative.

            That’s what I figured.

  • Josey

    I wonder how many ill people who need surgery to save their lives are being denied but yet transgender surgery which only changes the outward appearance of a person is being dubbed as a priority. This is clearly part of the agenda and the end goal is androgynous beings. Transgenders will never find fulfillment in have a surgery or hormone treatments, there have been those who have had it done and in the end come out saying they still aren’t happy, it is sin that causes the mental disorder in which if one does not repent and seek Christ for their happiness and peace of mind, they become reprobate, not even able to see good from evil or evil from good, it is a perversion come up out of the pit of hell with the intention of leading that soul down to hell and harming others who are innocent as well.

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    God created man and woman. People must not change the birth gender. Sound Biblical Christian doctrines are the lifeline to the truth.

  • bjr1

    Well, guess the antichrist has his/her first church in his pocket. As an attendee of my local Methodist church, this makes me much more than ill. Time for a new church home, looks like.

  • Judy Zwyghuizen

    Why would they think this is ok! in the first place then approve this un-holy transformation for them when the are mental unstable upstair’s????