Texas is hitting back against the ghastly progressive trend of trying to “change” children’s God-given genders, with Gov. Greg Abbott ordering the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services to investigate cases of children being put through gender-transitioning procedures.
Only days ago the state’s attorney general declared that the procedures constitute child abuse under state law.
On Feb. 22 Abbott wrote in a letter to DFPS: “To protect Texas children from abuse, DFPS and all other state agencies must follow the law,” reports CBS.
The order requires licensed professionals to report “children who may be subject to such abuse.” The procedures being flagged include “reassignment surgeries that can cause sterilization, mastectomies, removals of otherwise healthy body parts, and administration of puberty-blocking drugs or supraphysiologic doses of testosterone or estrogen,” Abbott said.
Licensed professionals in the state who directly interact with children are the mandated reporters of the abuse, including teachers and doctors. They could face criminal penalties for not reporting the procedures, the letter notes, and even members of the public could be subject to penalties for not speaking up.
It is bad news that such a declaration even needed to be issued, but good news that relatively few people and facilities participate in trying to “gender-bend” children who do not know any better. The order directs the DFPS and other Texas agencies to investigate parents of transgender children as well as licensed clinics that perform gender-transitioning procedures.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton declared in a formal opinion days ago that gender-transitioning procedures are “monstrous and tragic,” and said the practice subjects children to “obvious harm.”
The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation blasted the governor’s move, saying that “the only result of his action will be unnecessary harm to trans people and parents of trans youth.”
The Trevor Project, an LGBTQ advocacy group, says access to gender-affirming medical care is useful in addressing mental health issues for young people and prevents suicide and depression.