Far-right group behind abortion pill lawsuit spreading anti-trans junk science, leak finds - PinkNews

The American College of Pediatricians (ACPeds) was formed 20 years ago as a breakaway group from the respected American Academy of Pediatrics, over the latter’s support for same-sex adoption.

ACPeds is one of the groups behind a lawsuit fighting the US Food and Drug Administration over the abortion drug mifepristone.

The college’s campaigning against LGBTQ+ rights, including trans healthcare, same-sex marriage and adoption, has seen it categorised as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). ACPeds disputes the label.

A significant data breach, which the group reportedly suffered after it published a link on its website to an unsecured Google Drive, has been reported on by Wired.

The leak showed that the group’s designation as a “hate group” saw it lose out on funding, including an Amazon charity programme it applied to, and revealed its struggle in peddling its far-right agenda: to “return America to a time when the laws and social mores around family squared neatly with evangelical Christian beliefs”.

Wired reported that files within the leak included literature, designed to be sent to schools, claiming trans youth have a “pathological disorder” and could influence others.

Other leaked documents described same-sex marriage as “aberrant and immoral behaviour”.

One reportedly offered physicians a guide on how to encourage patients to purchase “Christian-based parenting guides” designed to instil “sexual purity”.

The Southern Poverty Law Center describes ACPeds as a “anti-LGBTQ hate group that masquerades as the premier US association of paediatricians to push anti-LGBTQ junk science”.

The leak suggests that ACPeds has just over 700 members, while the American Academy of Pediatrics has an estimated 67,000.

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Organizations: American College of Pediatricians Southern Poverty Law Center 

Tags: LGBTQ+ Discrimination 

Type: Headlines