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Texas court reinstates injunction blocking probes of transgender kids’ parents

A Texas appeals court has reinstated a temporary injunction blocking the state from launching child abuse investigations of parents who provide gender-affirming care to their transgender kids.

Texas’ Third Court of Appeals issued the order late Monday, the latest turn in a lawsuit filed by the ACLU of Texas and Lambda Legal on behalf of parents of a transgender teen who were investigated by the Department of Family and Protective Services.

The appellate court’s three justices noted that the trial judge concluded that the parents showed probable right to recovery on their claims and that allowing the state to proceed with investigations as the case is tried would result in irreparable harm.

Abbott’s directive triggered a lawsuit on behalf of the family of a 16-year-old transgender girl targeted for investigation. The child, known only as Mary-Doe, has taken puberty-delaying medications and hormone therapy. 

The girl’s mother is an employee of the DFPS and was put on paid administrative leave after asking what Abbott’s directive would mean for her family.

The lawsuit, brought in the Texas capital Austin, said no other state treats gender-affirming medical care as a form of child abuse. And there is wide agreement among mainstream medical and mental health professionals that gender-affirming care saves lives by reducing the risk of depression and suicide.

Critics of such proposals have accused Republicans of seizing on issues surrounding gender identity as a wedge issue for political gain.

ARTICLE: PAUL MURDOCH 

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: TEXAS TRIBUNE

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