||Anti-trans Texas governor: Citizens should report parents of trans kids for abuse
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Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is calling on "licensed professionals" and "members of the general public" to report the parents of transgender minors to state authorities if it appears the minors are receiving gender-affirming medical care, NBC News reported.
Abbott's letter follows an opinion released by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton that allowing minors to receive transition care such as puberty blockers, hormone therapy and surgery is child abuse under state law.
In a letter to Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) Commissioner Jaime Masters, Abbott said, "Because the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) is responsible for protecting children from abuse, I hereby direct your agency to conduct a prompt and thorough investigation of any reported instances of these abusive procedures in the State of Texas.
"Texas law also imposes a duty on DFPS to investigate the parents of a child who is subjected to these abusive gender-transitioning procedures, and on other state agencies to investigate licensed facilities where such procedures may occur."
ACLU of Texas issued a response to this directive. "Paxton's opinion is not legally binding, and it remains up to the courts to interpret Texas laws and the Constitution. Moreover, DFPS cannot remove any child from their parents or guardians without a court order," the press release read.
ACLU of Texas Policy and Advocacy Strategist Adri Perez said, "Gender-affirming care saved my life. Trans kids today deserve the same opportunity by receiving the highest standard of care, rooted in decades of scientific research. No partisan political attack can change that. Our state's leaders need to focus on helping our youth and all people in our state instead of falsely attacking parents and doctors who are lovingly advocating for their children with the medically necessary care. We will never stop fighting to protect trans kids and their families in Texas."
Brian Klosterboer, staff attorney at the ACLU of Texas, added, "This opinion and letter have no legal effect and cannot change Texas law nor usurp the constitutional rights of Texas families. But they spread fear and misinformation and could spur false reporting of child abuse at a time when DFPS is already facing a crisis in our state's foster care system."
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