Federal officials condemn Texas’ investigations of child transgender therapies

Jonah McKeown   By Jonah McKeown for CNA

 

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton speaks outside the Supreme Court, Nov. 1, 2021 / Christine Rousselle/CNA

Denver Newsroom, Mar 3, 2022 / 17:00 pm (CNA).

The Biden administration this week issued condemnations of a Texas policy whereby parents who facilitate gender transition medical treatments for children can be investigated for child abuse.

Governor Greg Abbott on Feb. 22 directed the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) to investigate “a number of so-called ‘sex change’ procedures” which the attorney general’s office had determined “constituted child abuse under existing Texas law.”

Among the procedures mentioned in the attorney general’s February report were methods of sterilization including castration and hysterectomy, as well as puberty blockers and hormone treatments. Because children cannot legally consent to sterilization, “procedures and treatments that result in a child’s sterilization are unauthorized and infringe on the child’s fundamental right to procreate,” the attorney general wrote.

The White House issued a statement March 2 calling Texas’ move “government overreach at its worst.”

“In the United States of America, we respect the rights and dignity of all families,” the statement reads.

“Transgender children bring fulfillment to their parents, joy to their friends, and are made in the image of God. Affirming a transgender child’s identity is one of the best things a parent, teacher, or doctor can do to help keep children from harm, and parents who love and affirm their children should be applauded and supported, not threatened, investigated, or stigmatized.”

Xavier Becerra, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary, said in a statement the same day that the HHS is prepared to “take immediate action” to “protect trans and gender diverse youth in Texas.”

“The Texas government’s attacks against transgender youth and those who love and care for them are discriminatory and unconscionable. These actions are clearly dangerous to the health of transgender youth in Texas,” Becerra said.

The statement also included a separate sheet explaining that under federal law, parents or caregivers who believe their child has been denied health care, including “gender-affirming care,” on the basis of that child’s gender identity, may file a complaint with the Office of Civil Rights. This comes after the Supreme Court in 2020 reinterpreted “sex” in federal civil rights law to include sexual orientation and gender identity.

The HHS also released guidance to state child welfare agencies that “makes clear that states should use their child welfare systems to advance safety and support for LGBTQI+ youth, which importantly can include access to gender affirming care.” The medical process by which a person who identifies as transgender “transitions” is often referred to as “gender-affirming” therapy.

A state judge on March 2 blocked the Texas agency from investigating one particular family whose 16-year-old child is undergoing a gender transition, in response to a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Texas, and Lambda Legal. The court will hear arguments, beginning March 11, on whether to block the order statewide.

Experts have told CNA that facilitating or supporting a gender transition isn’t compassionate for a child, partly because they are agreeing to a radically life-altering process that doesn’t resolve underlying problems, such as mental illness.


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3 Comments

  1. For the record, the authors of a 2019 study which claimed so-called gender-transition surgery may improve the long-term mental health of recipients issued a CORRECTION nearly a year after publication: “the results demonstrated no advantage of surgery in relation to subsequent mood or anxiety disorder-related health care.” Also, “Individuals diagnosed with gender incongruence who had received gender-affirming surgery were more likely to be treated for anxiety disorders compared with individuals diagnosed with gender incongruence who had not received gender-affirming surgery.”

    Here’s the link: https://www.catholicworldreport.com/2020/08/04/researchers-reverse-gender-surgery-offers-no-advantage-to-mental-health/

    There are also bogus reports that the earth revolves around the sun but, here too, the federal government is “prepared to take immediate action” to protect its citizens from any cognitive dissonance stemming from life outside the bubble of political correctness.

  2. Surgeries often took place at or near birth in the old days. Infants with both sets of sexual organs were castrated because it was easier that sewing up a vagina.

    If our society, especially our schools, cracked down on bullies, there would be room for people in the minority from the alleged norm. But sadly, adults outside the family have intruded on family units and made life difficult for all concerned. Especially people who are fused twins with both xx and xy genomes, or xxy persons, or other conditions not mentioned in the Bible or 1950s textbooks.

    You’d like to think all parents have the best interests of their children at heart. But sometimes they don’t. Likewise governments. But often enough adults go down rabbit holes and the consequences come back to bite, usually the innocents, the vulnerable, and the needy.

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