The Texas attorney general has published a legal opinion stating that parents signing off on their minor child’s medical treatments to change genders constitutes child abuse. According to the New York Post, the opinion published by AG Ken Paxton’s office suggested that permitting the prescription of hormones and “puberty-blockers” to aid in the transitions of children aged 17 and younger should be considered abusive by child welfare authorities.
Additionally, the opinion stated, “Certain procedures done on minors such as castration, fabrication of a ‘penis’ using tissue from other body parts, fabrication of a ‘vagina’ involving the removal of male sex organs, prescription of puberty-suppressors and infertility-inducers, and the like are all ‘abuse’ under section 261.001 of the Texas Family Code.” Governor Greg Abbott supported the move, saying, “The Texas Dept. of Family & Protective Services will enforce this ruling and investigate & refer for prosecution any such abuse.”
Texas Attorney General: “There is no doubt" that gender transition of minors is ‘child abuse’ under Texas law.
The Texas Dept. of Family & Protective Services will enforce this ruling and investigate & refer for prosecution any such abuse.https://t.co/hZQguNOiye
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) February 22, 2022
LGBTQ advocate Ricardo Martinez told the Post that he is calling for “all Texans to be really aware of this [trans memo] campaign stunt and politicians who have built their careers on publicity stunts and disinformation of the LGBTQ community.” Martinez believes the AG’s opinion is purely political and that the decision to provide gender-transitioning treatment is decided in collaboration with doctors and is unique to each kid and family.
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