Gregory Wayne Abbott (born November 13, 1957) is an American attorney who has served as the 48th governor of Texas since January 20, 2015. A member of the Republican Party, Abbott previously served as the 50th attorney general of Texas from 2002 to 2015. He is the third governor of any U.S. state to permanently use a wheelchair. He is also the first disabled governor in Texas history.
Senate Bill 14, banning gender-affirming healthcare for transgender minors in Texas, is on its way to Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk, and Abbott is expected to sign the measure quickly.
Once he has signed it, SB 14 is scheduled to go into effect on Sept. 1. However, advocates for transgender youth have pledged to challenge the bill in court as soon as Abbott signs it.
According to a press release from Transgender Education Network of Texas, Lambda Legal, ACLU of Texas and ACLU, “Texas Senate Bill 14 bans the only evidence-based care for gender dysphoria for transgender people under 18 and aims to strip doctors of their medical licenses for providing their patients with the care they know to be medically necessary.
Texas lawmakers have ignored the warnings of transgender youth, their families, and the medical establishment about the harms of this law.” The press release noted that similar restrictions enacted in Oklahoma, Tennessee and Montana have already been challenged in court, and that a state court judge in Missouri recently blocked enforcement of the Missouri attorney general’s emergency order blocking provision of gender-affirming care.