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Texas Sued for Criminalizing Care for Transgender Children

  • Civil rights groups sue Texas governor to block directive
  • Governor ‘trampled’ on constitutional rights, ACLU claims
Texas Governor Greg Abbott

Texas Governor Greg Abbott

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Texas Governor Greg Abbott was sued for allegedly violating the constitutional rights of transgender children and their parents by trying to criminalize the treatment of adolescents with gender dysphoria.

Abbott’s letter last week to the state’s child-welfare agency, directing it to investigate families for child abuse if the are suspected of seeking gender-affirming care is an illegal attempt to “legislate by press release” after state lawmakers declined to pass such a law, a pair of civil rights groups said in a lawsuit filed Tuesday in Austin, Texas.