the White House condemned Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s recent directive for the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services to investigate cases of gender-affirming child care.
- “The directive comes after the Attorney General’s Office confirmed that a number of so-called ‘sex reassignment’ procedures for minors already constitute child abuse under current Texas law,” said Abbott in a statement. February 22 letter.
- “Because the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) is responsible for protecting children from abuse, I hereby direct your agency to conduct a prompt and thorough investigation of all reported instances of these abusive procedures. in the state of Texas,” Abbott said. in the letter.
- He added that reporting these types of cases is the responsibility of “all licensed professionals who have direct contact with children at risk of such abuse, including doctors, nurses and teachers”, and that failure to report could result in criminal penalties.
By BuzzFeedCurrently, there are no ongoing child abuse investigations, as described by Abbott and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.
- If cases are reported to the agency, “they will be investigated under existing child protection investigation policies,” the DFPS said, per BuzzFeed.
The White House responded with a statement ABC News.
- “The Texas Attorney General’s attack on loving parents who seek medical care for their transgender children is dangerous to the health of children in Texas and is part (of) a much larger trend of conservative officials cynically attacking young people. LGBTQI+ to score political points,” White said the House spokesperson said ABC News.
Abbott’s letter follows similar statements made by Paxton on Monday, according to BNC News.
- Paxton was the one who initially appealed to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services to stop medical care that can temporarily block puberty, hormone therapy and gender-affirming surgeries.
- “I will do everything I can to protect myself against those who take advantage of young Texans and hurt them,” he said. noted.
By The New York TimesAbbott’s letter comes as early voting in the primary election begins statewide. Election day is March 1.