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.
What it means, what it doesn’t mean and what happens next Families of trans youth — really, any family in the LGBTQIA+ community — are still reeling from Attorney General Ken Paxton’s non-binding opinion, released on Feb.
21. The opinion purports to claim that certain medical treatments and procedures constitute “child abuse” under Texas Law. Gov.
Greg Abbott, on Feb. 22, sent a directive letter to the Department of Family Protective Services, the state agency that includes Child Protective Services, which specifically investigates allegations of child abuse and neglect.
Abbott’s letter states, in part, “[t]o protect Texas children from abuse, DFPS and all other state agencies must follow the law as explained in OAG Opinion No.