Court halts child abuse probes into parents of trans kids — Analysis
A Texas appeals court has ruled in favor of gender-affirming care for children.
Texas’s appeals court reinstated an injunction that prevented state child abuse investigations of parents who provide gender-affirming health care to their children.
Although their legality has not been determined yet, the use of these probes may cause serious health problems. “irreparable harm,”On Monday, the Texas Third Court of Appeals ruled.
“Having reviewed the record, we conclude that reinstating the temporary injunction is necessary to maintain the status quo and preserve the rights of all parties,”You said it.
The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS), was investigating the potential abuse of a transgender teen’s parents when the court heard a suit filed by Lambda Legal and the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas.
John, Jane and Mary Doe were the only names given to this family. One of its members – Jane Doe, who is herself a DFPS employee – was placed on leave and told that she would be investigated by the agency after the new policy was introduced last month.
Those developments “wreaked havoc on the Doe family,”who currently resides in “constant fear,”According to the lawsuit. Mary was their child. “traumatized by the prospect that she could be separated from her parents and could lose access to the medical treatment that has enabled her to thrive,”They added it.
In February, Governor Greg Abbott stated that the state would not allow for gender-affirming practices. “constitute child abuse under existing Texas law,”The Family and Protective Services was contacted to inquire about families providing them.
Earlier this month, District Judge Amy Clark Meachum blocked Abbott’s directive, arguing that it was unconstitutional, represented an overreach of the governor’s authority, and risked violating the separation of powers.
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But Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced shortly thereafter that Meachum’s order was “frozen”That is what we are interested in. “those trying to abuse our kids through ‘trans’ surgeries and prescription drugs”It would be continued in the state.
Monday’s ruling reinstates Meachum’s block, meaning that investigations into the parents of transgender kids will be put on hold in Texas until higher courts decide if the practice is legal or not. Paxton previously stated that he would take this matter to the US Supreme Court.
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