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LUBBOCK (Reuters) – Texas’ child protection agency is currently investigating families with transgender youths. The Texas governor claimed that providing transitional medical care was abuse.

In an email sent to Reuters by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services on Tuesday, they stated that “We’ve had three intakes” which reflect Governor Greg Abbott’s directive to open criminal investigations. Other details were not provided by the department.

This confirmation is coming on the heels of the American Civil Liberties Union’s and Lambda Legal’s Austin state court lawsuits on behalf of the family of a transgender 16-year old girl. They claim they have been the target of an investigation. This child was born as a man and took hormone therapy and puberty delaying drugs. The child’s mother is an employee at DFPS (the agency currently investigating the case).

Jaime Masters and Abbott are named as defendants in the lawsuit.

Abbott, a Republican, sent a letter https://gov.texas.gov/uploads/files/press/O-MastersJaime202202221358.pdf to Masters on Feb. 22 ordering the agency to begin investigating the parents of children who undergo “sex change procedures,” which the governor wrote “constitute child abuse under existing Texas law.”

Abbott said he made the directive based on a non-binding legal opinion https://www.texasattorneygeneral.gov/sites/default/files/opinion-files/opinion/2022/kp-0401.pdf that the state’s attorney general, Ken Paxton, released on Feb. 18 in which he said medical treatments used to help transgender youth transition could constitute child abuse.

Abbott’s decision, which was criticized by various medical organizations, marks the latest development in heated U.S. debates over gender identity and sexual orientation, particularly when it comes to schools and children. Texas legislators passed last year a law that prohibits transgender girls from playing in school sports. This is similar to what several Republican-led states did.

Brian Mustanksi (Director, Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing at Northwestern University School of Medicine) stated that gender affirming care for transgender persons saves lives, contrary to the claims of Governor Abbott. It also reduces the risk of suicide and depression.

Austin’s lawsuit stated that none of the states in America considered medical care to aid transgender youth to be child abuse.

To protect the child in question, the name of the family that was involved in the lawsuit is withheld. After she inquired about the implications of Abbott’s directive for the agency on her family, the lawsuit claims that the DFPS put the mother of the child on leave.

DFPS refused to answer questions regarding the matter.

According to the lawsuit, a DFPS investigator visited the home of the couple on February 25, in order to interview the children and parents. Mary Doe was the only child identified.

The lawsuit stated that Mary, the mother of her child, was “terrified for Mary’s well-being and health as well as for the family,” she wrote. “I feel betrayed and violated by the state and agency for which I work.”

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