May 28, 2022

Court stops Texas investigation into parents of trans children

A Texas judge blocked a directive by Republican Gov. Greg Abbot that sought to investigate the parents of transgender children for potential child abuse.

Abbott’s policy directed Texas’ Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS)  to investigate the parents of transgender children regarding the use of hormone therapy and gender-transitioning procedures.

Abbott issued the directive after state Attorney General Ken Paxton issued a legal opinion that gender-affirming health care could be considered child abuse under state law.

“The Texas Family Code is clear — causing or permitting substantial harm to the child, or the child’s growth and development is child abuse,” Paxton wrote.

“Courts have held that an unnecessary surgical procedure that removes a healthy body part from a child can constitute a real and significant injury or damage to the child.”

The judge ruled in favor of a lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union and Lambda Legal on behalf of DFPS and a Texas family.

The controversial directive addressed an important societal issue, but was too strong for even the state’s conservative judges to support in court.

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