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Medical treatment is child abuse, says Texas

Medical treatment is child abuse, says Texas

Governor Greg Abbott

The state of Texas USA has declared medical treatment for trans children is child abuse.

At least three children and their families have been reported to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) for alleged abuse or neglect based on gender-affirming care for minors.

State Attorney General Ken Paxton issued a nonbinding legal opinion in February that transgender medical care for minors, such as puberty blockers and hormone treatment, is child abuse: Texas governor Greg Abbott told DFPS to investigate parents of trans children.

He also ordered state agencies to investigate licensed medical facilities prescribing gender-affirming treatment for trans youth, and said doctors, nurses and teachers should report such medical care. 

The American Civil Liberties Union and Lambda Legal are suing Abbott and the state’s child welfare agency to stop the state’s prying into parents seeking gender-affirming care for their children.

A Texas state district judge granted a temporary restraining order early in March, and an injunction blocked the state’s actions until a full hearing can be held.

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