Last week Texas Governor Greg Abbott faced some backlash after he directed state agencies to investigate the care of transgender children as child abuse. Now he is being sued for the action.
According to Bloomberg, Abbott is being accused of violating the constitutional rights of transgender children and their parents by declaring the care of children with gender dysphoria as child abuse. In the complaint, the American Civil Liberties Union and Lambda Legal said that the governor, “trampled on the constitutional rights of transgender children, their parents, and professionals who provide vital care to transgender children.”
As previously reported, last week Abbott sent a letter to the Texas State Department Of Family & Protective Services ordering them to investigate specifically into gender reassignment surgery and puberty-blocking medications, stating that it “can legally constitute child abuse under several provisions” of Texas law. He also stated that medical professionals such as doctors and nurses who fail to make a child abuse report could face criminal penalties.
Paul Castillo, who is Lambda Legal’s Senior Counsel said, “They are joining a politically-motivated misinformation campaign with no consideration of medical science.”
The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Houston-based clinical psychologist, Megan Mooney, and three Texas residents, who have not been identified.
As previously reported, last summer, the Texas State Department Of Family & Protective Services had already started labeling certain gender-affirming surgeries as child abuse, after receiving pressure from Governor Abbott.
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TSR STAFF: Jade Ashley@Jade_Ashley94