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Governor Directs TDFPS to Investigate Reports of "Sex Change" Procedures on Children as Child Abuse

On February 22, 2022, Governor Greg Abbott directed the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services to investigate reports of "sex-change" procedures on children, as described in an Attorney General's opinion issued on February 18. Abbott said the AG opinion makes clear it is against the law to perform "elective procedures for gender transitioning, including reassignment surgeries that can cause sterilization, mastectomies, removals of otherwise healthy body parts, and administration of puberty-blocking drugs or supraphysiologic doses of testosterone or estrogen" on children. He noted reporting requirements on professionals as well. The letter was also sent to other Texas agencies. To view the letter, click here.


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