UPDATE: Lambda Legal and ACLU of Texas, among the attorneys representing the plaintiffs in Doe v. Abbott, issued this joint statement: “Today’s decision is a win for our clients and the rule of law.
The Texas Supreme Court made clear that the attorney general and governor do not have the authority to order DFPS to take any action against families that support their children by providing them with the highest standards of medical care.
The court rejected the attorney general’s arguments that our lawsuit should be dismissed and affirmed that DFPS is not required to follow the governor’s directive or the attorney general’s non-binding opinion. “Though the court limited its order to the Doe family and Dr.
Mooney, it reaffirmed that Texas law has not changed and no mandatory reporter or DFPS employee is required to take any action based on the governor’s directive and attorney general opinion.