Texas investigating parental care for transgender youth, Suit says
It was unclear whether Mr Abbott’s order would survive judicial review. The order does not change Texas law, and several county attorneys and district attorneys have said they will not prosecute families for child abuse under the new definition. Yet Mr. Abbott’s directive has had a chilling effect, and the ramifications of the redefinition are significant.
As Mr Abbott described in his letter, the order would mean that “all licensed professionals who have direct contact with children” would be required to report to state authorities those they believe are receiving treatment. of gender affirmation or expose themselves to penal sanctions.
In Tuesday’s court filing, the ACLU of Texas and Lambda Legal, a civil rights organization focused on the LGBTQ community, sought to block the request for medical records in the employee’s case and, more broadly, , challenged the legitimacy of the inquiry and the governor’s power to change the definition of child abuse. According to the filing, other investigations have also begun.
The groups argue in the lawsuit that the governor’s directive was improperly issued under state law, violated the Texas Constitution, and violated the constitutional rights of transgender youth, as well as their parents.
“No family should have to worry about being torn apart for supporting their trans child,” Adri Pérez, political strategist at the ACLU of Texas, said in a statement. “A week before an election, Governor Abbott and Attorney General Ken Paxton launched a partisan political attack that is not rooted in the needs of families.
Dr. Megan Mooney, a licensed psychologist in Houston, is also a plaintiff in the lawsuit. Dr. Mooney, who is required to report suspected cases of child abuse under Texas law, has a practice that includes transgender patients, many of whom have been diagnosed with gender dysphoria, according to the lawsuit.
The order and news of gender-affirming medical care investigations has had a chilling effect on families with trans children or teens — many of whom no longer want to be registered or publicly identify as trans.