Texas Governor Greg Abbott has ordered the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) to investigate any instances of doctors or parents enabling “sex-change” services to minors.
In a letter to DFPS Commissioner Jaime Masters, Governor Abbott directed DFPS to “conduct a prompt and thorough investigation of any reported instances of … abusive procedures in the State of Texas.”
“It is already against the law to subject Texas children to a wide variety of elective procedures for gender transitioning, including 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,” Gov. Abbott noted.
He also directed the agency to “investigate the parents of a child who is subjected to these abusive gender-transitioning procedures.”
Other agencies identified in the letter included the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, the Texas Medical Board, and the Texas Board of Nursing, among other agencies.
The order from the Texas governor comes after Commissioner Masters disclosed last year that “Genital mutilation of a child through reassignment surgery is child abuse, subject to all rules and procedures pertaining to child abuse,” and that such procedures are prosecutable under Texas law.
Elected officeholders and state officials in Texas have been going after those who provide puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones and “sex change” surgeries to minors in recent months, after a national outcry in the case of James Younger.
James is a Texas boy whose mom has been trying to “transition” into a girl named “Luna.”
James’ mother, Ms. Anne Georgulas, and father, Mr. Jeffrey Younger, had been engaged in a custody battle over James, which took numerous turns in the Texas court system.
Most recently, Judge Mary Brown granted fully custody of James to his mother.
To be clear, it is undoubtedly child abuse to give puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones to a minor, or to cause the child to undergo an irreversible “sex change” surgery.
Thankfully, the Lone Star State has taken another important step towards protecting children from these harmful and life altering procedures.
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