fbpx
Somalia: ‘I sold the last three goats, they were likely to die’Read more Merck Foundation and African First Ladies marking World Cancer Day 2023 through 110 scholarships of Oncology Fellowships in 25 countriesRead more Supporting women leaders and aspirants to unleash their potentialRead more Fake medicines kill almost 500,000 sub-Saharan Africans a year: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) reportRead more Climate crisis and migration: Greta Thunberg supports International Organization for Migration (IOM) over ‘life and death’ issueRead more United Nations (UN) Convenes Lake Chad Countries, Amid Growing Regional CrisisRead more 11 Disruptive Startups Selected for Cohort 3 of the Africa Startup Initiative Program (ASIP) Accelerator Program powered by Startupbootcamp AfricaRead more Africa Data Centres breaks ground on new Sameer facility in NairobiRead more Coffee with a human face: A union that improves livelihoods for Ugandan farmersRead more Trends Predicted to drive the retail industry in 2023Read more

Texas court suspends investigations of parents of transgender minors

show caption
LGBTQ rights supporters gather at the Texas State Capitol to protest state Republican-led efforts to pass legislation that would restrict the participation of transgender student athletes on the first day of the 87th Legislature's third special session on September 20, 2021 in Austin, Texas./AFP
Print Friendly and PDF

Mar 12, 2022 - 10:29 AM

WASHINGTON — A Texas judge on Friday blocked investigations into the parents of transgender minors, halting for the time being a controversial directive by the southern US state’s governor.

“Victory,” the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in Texas said on Twitter.

“A judge has blocked Gov. Greg Abbott and TexasDFPS’s unlawful actions targeting essential medical care for transgender youth,” it added, referring to the state’s Department of Family and Protective Services.

Judge Amy Clark ruled Abbott’s directive was unconstitutional, saying transgender minors and their parents would suffer “imminent and irreparable injury” if the directive was not halted, the Houston Chronicle reported.

Abbott issued the directive late last month to the DFPS to investigate instances of minors receiving gender-affirming medication and “sex change procedures,” which he argued “constitute child abuse under existing Texas law.”

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, a Republican, said he would appeal the ruling on Friday.

“Democrat judge tries to halt legal and necessary investigations into those trying to abuse our kids through ‘trans’ surgeries and prescription drugs,” he wrote on Twitter.

“I’m appealing. I’ll win this fight to protect our Texas children.”

The ACLU and Lambda Legal, an LGBTQ rights organization, had already managed to suspend a probe into the parents of a 16-year-old transgender girl in early March, filing a lawsuit on behalf of the mother.

Shortly after Abbott’s directive, the mother had been suspended by her employer, the DFPS, and visited by a state investigator who sought to learn whether her child was “currently transitioning from male to female,” court documents said.

US President Joe Biden has condemned Abbott for what he called a “cynical and dangerous campaign targeting transgender children and their parents.”

Gender-affirming medical care for transgender minors, much like participation by transgender athletes in sports competitions or the use of toilets according to their gender identity, is the subject of extensive debate in the United States, where many conservative states have moved to adopt restrictive regulations.

MAORANDCITIES.COM uses both Facebook and Disqus comment systems to make it easier for you to contribute. We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles and blog posts. All comments should be relevant to the topic. By posting, you agree to our Privacy Policy. We are committed to maintaining a lively but civil forum for discussion, so we ask you to avoid personal attacks, name-calling, foul language or other inappropriate behavior. Please keep your comments relevant and respectful. By leaving the ‘Post to Facebook’ box selected – when using Facebook comment system – your comment will be published to your Facebook profile in addition to the space below. If you encounter a comment that is abusive, click the “X” in the upper right corner of the Facebook comment box to report spam or abuse. You can also email us.