Investigate Gender Transition Procedures as ‘Child Abuse’
The letter states that prohibited “sex reassignment” treatments include sex reassignment surgery, removal of body parts, and administration of puberty-blocking drugs or supraphysiological doses of testosterone or estrogen. Supraphysiological means more than what seems natural.
The letter states that “all licensed professionals who come into direct contact with children” could face criminal charges if they fail to report instances of gender-based procedures, including doctors, nurses, and teachers. Parents of children undergoing procedures, as well as institutions where procedures are performed, may be examined.
It is not clear what immediate effect Paxton’s opinion or Abbott’s letter will have. Dallas Morning News said government agencies have not responded, and some prosecutors say they will not follow the letter’s directive.
“My office will not engage in these unfair political games,” Harris County Attorney Christian D. Menefee said in a statement. Dallas Morning News. “As lawyers handling these cases, we have an obligation to speak frankly to the courts about what the law really says. We will continue to follow the laws in force and not the politically motivated and legally incorrect “opinion” of General Paxton.”
A spokesman for the Texas Department of Family and Welfare said the agency will investigate reports of abuse but does not expect a current policy to change due to Paxton’s opinion.
The letter was copied to the Texas Medical Board, the Texas Education Agency, and other state government departments.
BUT report from the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law reported that about 14,000 Texans aged 13 to 17 identified themselves as transgender in 2017. The report states that about 125,000 people in Texas identified as transgender at the time.