AUSTIN, Texas – A Texas judge on Friday barred the state from investigating sex-confirmed care for transgender youth as child abuse.
District Judge Amy Clark Meachum issued a temporary order preventing the state from enforcing Republican Gov. Greg Abbott’s directive to force the Department of Family and Protective Services to investigate.
The order extends Meachum’s previous order blocking the state investigation into the parents of a transgender teen. The U.S. Civil Liberties Union and Lambda Legal have sued on behalf of the 16-year-old’s parents over Abbott’s investigation and directive.
The lawsuit marked the first report that the parents were investigated following Abbott’s directive and a previous non-binding legal opinion by Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton that labeled certain gender confirmation treatments as “child abuse.” DFPS said it has opened nine investigations following the directive and the ruling.
The groups also represent a clinical psychologist who said the governor’s directive forces her to choose between denouncing clients to the state or losing her license and other sanctions.
The governor’s directive and Paxton’s opinion go against the country’s largest medical groups, including the American Medical Association, which opposed Republican-backed restrictions on transgender people filed in states across the country.
Texas judge blocks investigations of young trans parents
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