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PEC News & Updates- October ‘22

Updated: Oct 28, 2022

First Do No Harm Unity Rally

Members of PEC traveled to Anaheim, California for the First Do No Harm Unity Rally held on October 8, 2022 at the site of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ annual convention. First Do No Harm is an advocacy initiative that unites different groups campaigning against the ideological medicalization of adolescents and includes Our Duty, Partners for Ethical Care, Genspect, Tre Voices, Dykes on the Right, Advocates Protecting Children, Mom Army, Lesbians United, Gays Against Groomers and Moms 4 Liberty.

These groups along with other individuals including detransitioners Abel Garcia, Cat Catison and Chloe Cole, SEGM representative and Pediatric psychiatrist Julia Mason and Abigail Martinez, the mother of a child who tragically took her life after medically transitioning, spoke at the press conference portion of the rally.

Many more gathered to peacefully protest against the harms of “Gender Medicine” to children while thousands of doctors, psychiatrists and other healthcare professionals attended their convention. As has become to be expected, the rally didn’t remain entirely peaceful as TRAs attempted to block and drown out the press conference speakers, going so far as to hold signs in front of the face of a mother, Abigail Martinez, whose daughter took her own life after being lured from her loving home and groomed into ‘trans’ medicalization. In response to the shouting and attempts to block out this grieving Mother’s face with pro child transition signs, Abigail began to chant “Yaeli”, her daughter’s name, which was amplified over the disrespectful commotion as others joined in. Because of the impending hostility added to the event by these not so peaceful protesters the press conference portion was moved to a safer indoor location, but continued non the less.

We’re grateful to all of these strong and committed voices for coming out and supporting the message that everyone needs to hear… First Do No Harm.

Amy Sousa, The Known Heretic, covered the rally prior to the press conference, speaking to many of the attendees First Do No Harm Unity Rally Footage and the press conference was covered by First Do No Harm Press Co