Texas officials have begun investigating parents of transgender adolescents for possible child abuse. According to the New York Times, parents who provide their transgender teenagers with puberty-suppressing drugs or other medically accepted treatments — which doctors describe as gender-affirming care — could be investigated for child abuse.
A directive from Texas’ Governor Abbott requires state agencies to investigate reports of transgender youth receiving gender-affirming care as child abuse. And it’s not only the parents of transgender teens who are at risk. Abbott warned that educators, medical professionals, and others who don’t report alleged abuse could face consequences. Seriously?
The decision to redefine all treatment for minors experiencing gender dysphoria as “abuse” contradicts the advice of the largest and most established state and national medical groups, including the American Medical Association, the American Psychiatric Association, and the American Academy of Pediatrics. These groups all support providing age appropriate, individualized care for children experiencing gender dysphoria.
What Texas is doing is targeting transgender youth, their parents, and their health care providers for political gain. Is this what America, the land of the free and the home of the brave, has come to? Apparently so, at least in Texas.