Paxton Argues Puberty Blockers, Transition Surgeries Constitute Child Abuse in Official Opinion

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  • Source: The Texan
  • 02/22/2022
Breaking a three-way staring match at the highest levels of Texas government, Attorney General Ken Paxton issued an opinion Monday arguing that procedures meant to change a child’s gender constitute child abuse under state law.

Citing case law, state code, and medical research, Paxton wrote that procedures administered for the purpose of gender transition, including puberty blockers, meet the standard for child abuse laid out in the Texas Family Code.

“Based on the analysis herein, each of the ‘sex change’ procedures and treatments enumerated above, when performed on children, can legally constitute child abuse under several provisions of chapter 261 of the Texas Family Code,” Paxton wrote.

To be classified as child abuse, an act must impair a child’s development, cause physical injury resulting in substantial harm, or involve a failure to prevent such an injury.

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