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Texas is Engaged in State-sanctioned Child Abuse | Opinion

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Greg Abbott and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued a directive stating that supportive parents of transgender children should be investigated for child abuse.

The letter goes on to impose reporting requirements on medical providers, educators and "the general public."In particular, the order targets parents who follow the prevailing standard of care for the treatment of gender dysphoria that has been adopted by the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Psychological Association, among others.

Those standard-setting organizations are all very clear that this age-appropriate, evidence-based medical treatment is critical to the health, well-being and safety of transgender young people.In short, the state of Texas is now punishing parents for listening to their doctors.I know the fear of being investigated for loving my transgender child and ensuring that she had the best care I could get her.

I was subjected to several lawsuits questioning my child's gender identity and the proper medical course for her. I was following the standard of care, which the other party wasn't educated about.These attempts to accuse me of abusing my child were not only ignorant about the realities of gender—they were inhumane and destructive to my child.

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