Statement on Texas Governor Abbot’s Order Linking Gender Transitioning Procedures to Child Abuse

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February 24, 2022

The Texas Jewish Family Service agencies, in coordination with the Network of Jewish Human Service Agencies, are opposed to Texas Governor Abbot’s recent order for DFPS to investigate reports of “gender-transitioning procedures” as child abuse. This could deny life-saving care for transgender youth and cause a direct negative effect on their mental health and well-being during adolescents’ highly formative years.

We continue to urge Texas leadership to heed the advice of the legal, medical, and mental health professionals about how these proposed actions would endanger transgender youth and their families as well as negatively impact the licensed professionals who serve as mandatory reports of child abuse. The full Statement can be found by clicking the link below.