Texas court suspends child abuse investigations of parents of trans kids

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This is the second time a judge has blocked the directive.

A Texas appeals court has again barred the state from investigating gender-affirming care for their trans children as child abuse.

In its ruling, the court said it would block such investigations to “prevent irreparable harm” to trans children and their families.

In February, Attorney General Ken Paxton issued an advisory saying that “there is no doubt that [gender-affirming] procedures are “abuses” under Texas law, and therefore must be stopped. »

He continued: “The [DFPS] has the responsibility to act accordingly. I will do everything I can to protect myself from those who take advantage of and hurt young Texans.”

The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services was investigating at least nine families under Paxton’s directive, a DFPS spokesperson told ABC News.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott followed Paxton’s advice with a letter ordering the DFPS to investigate treatments such as child abuse.

The letter also says Texas law requires all licensed professionals who have direct contact with children who may be subject to such “abuse” to be reported as well.

This would implement criminal penalties for doctors, nurses, teachers and others who fail to report known “abuses,” according to Abbott’s directive.

On March 11, District Judge Amy Clark Meachum issued the first temporary statewide injunction on such investigations after hearing from the parents of a 16-year-old transgender girl who were the subject of an investigation by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.

Meachum also heard from state attorneys.

Many medical organizationsactivist groups and businesses denounced the Texas directive.

“As physicians, our job is to support the health and well-being of our patients,” read a letter signed by the American Academy of Family Physicians, American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and more.

“Recent legal opinions and executive and legislative efforts targeting young people and aimed at restricting the provision of appropriate medical care undermine our ability to do so,” he continued.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, gender affirmation occurs when transgender people change their lives based on their gender identity.

This can be done by changing clothes, hairstyles, mannerisms, names and pronouns.

For LGBTQ youth going through puberty, gender affirmation can also take the form of hormone therapy or puberty blockers.

“Texas parents who support their trans kids should be applauded, not sued,” Amit Paley, CEO and executive director of LGBTQ suicide awareness organization The Trevor Project, said in a statement to ABC News.

He continued: “Our research has found that gender-affirming hormone therapy was associated with lower rates of depression and suicide risk among trans youth who wanted it. The government should not be involved in personal decisions that force doctors and families to act against the medical community’s standards of care for transgender youth. »

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