BOSTON (WHDH) - A planned protest outside of Boston Children’s Hospital culminated with counter-protesters filling the other side of the street as Boston Police stood between the two sides.

Protesters with at least one sign reading “Children cannot consent to puberty blockers” made their way to the hospital Sunday morning, calling attention to the facility’s transgender health resources. According to at least one protester who promoted the event, they considered this practice to be child abuse.

In response, a group of counter-protesters assembled on nearby sidewalks with their own “Celebrate Trans Children” signs, chants and flags.

The demonstrations follow several months of spotlight that had been put on the hospital’s Gender Multispecialty Service.

Back in August, hospital officials said some of its clinicians and staff had become targets of a “large volume” of hostile and threatening internet activity, phone calls, and e-mails. The threats were described further in a recent news conference, following the arrest of a woman who allegedly called in a bomb threat to the hospital.

Officials, including U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts Rachael Rollins, said Boston Children’s Hospital and its surgical program for transgender kids has been the target of several threats in recent weeks.

The FBI’s Boston office said hoax threats against the hospital had been popping up in several forms, including harassing phone calls, emails, individual threats and threats of mass casualty events.

Investigations into those threats, according to law enforcement, are ongoing.

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