There is growing concern among many that transgender treatments are hurting children, and that has led the state of Texas to open an investigation into them.
Yet as the Daily Wire reported last week, a Democratic judge just issued an order to shut that investigation down.
Department of Family and Protective Services told to investigate gender treatment
The website noted how Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced in February that he was directing the Texas Department of Family and Protective Service to look at “abusive gender-transitioning procedures.”
“Because the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services is responsible for protecting children from abuse, I hereby direct your agency to conduct a prompt and thorough investigation of any reported instances of these abusive procedures in the State of Texas,” Abbott wrote in a letter.
“To protect Texas children from abuse, DFPS and all other state agencies must follow the law as explained in OAG Opinion No. KP-0401,” he went on to add.
Abbott’s directive came following a Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton put out a non-binding legal opinion which characterized some forms of gender-transitioning practices as being child abuse.
“There is no doubt that these procedures are ‘abuse’ under Texas law, and thus must be halted,” Paxton declared in a statement.
That lead to at least nine families coming under investigation, two of whom filed a lawsuit seeking to have the state blocked.
Democratic judge puts a halt to the state investigation
Travis County District Court Judge Jan Soifer granted their request on Friday after rejecting arguments from Assistant Attorney General Courtney Corbello.
“Giving hormones or pubertal blockers can constitute child abuse,” Corbello said during the hearing, a contention that Soifer took issue with.
“Is that true when the treatment is considered standard protocol and supported by every major medical organization in the United States?” the judge demanded.
Soifer’s order covers the families in question as well as all 600 Texas-based members of PFLAG, a pro-LGBTQ organization which also challenged Abbott’s order. The Daily Wire stated that it is not yet clear whether or not Texas plans to appeal the ruling.