Despite a years-long fight to protect children in Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott and top Republican state lawmakers have repeatedly refused to enact a state law to ban disfiguring gender operations on minors. However, the latest episode in the troubling saga features local officials now refusing to prosecute those performing the damaging experiments.
On Monday, in lieu of Abbott and the Legislature’s inaction, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton released a 13-page legal opinion stating that “transgender” operations on minors—administering sterilizing cross-sex hormones and puberty blocker drugs, and cutting off their healthy body parts—indeed classifies as child abuse. Then on Tuesday, Abbott ordered the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services to investigate reports of such cases in the state.
But now, Democrat district attorneys across Texas are saying they won’t follow.
“This is a complete misrepresentation of the definition of abuse in the family code,” Christian Menefee, the Houston-area Harris County attorney, said in an interview.