Republican lawmakers are demanding answers after two young people participating in a transgender hormone study funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) committed suicide.

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The study, entitled “Psychosocial Functioning in Transgender Youth after 2 Years of Hormones,” was published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) in January and examined the impacts of gender-affirming hormones (GAH) on “transgender and nonbinary youth” between the ages of 12 and 20.

According to the research article, 11 participants reported suicidal thoughts throughout the study and two died by suicide.

NIH gave $477,444 in a five-year grant to the Boston Children’s Hospital, the University of California at San Francisco, and the Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago for the study.

15 Republican lawmakers have sent a letter to Dr. Lawrence Tabak, the acting director at NIH, asking why the study was not terminated after participants reported adverse effects or, let alone when participants died.

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“It is alarming that vulnerable young people died by suicide while participating in a taxpayer-funded study that will almost certainly inflict devastating physical harm on those who participated,” the letter stated.

“Rather than shutting the study down after such serious adverse events, the researchers published their paper, concluding that the study was a success because cross-sex hormones had altered subjects’ physical appearance and improved psychosocial functioning,” the lawmakers added, condemning the continuation of the experimentation.

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