Texas judge temporarily halts investigations of families with trans kids

2022-03-12 06:40:18 By : Ms. Elva Xia

Travis County District Judge Amy Clark Meachum on Friday issued a statewide temporary injunction against Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's (R) directive, which ordered the state to investigate parents for child abuse if they seek gender-affirming care for their children.

Driving the news: A supervisor for the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services testified on Friday that investigators were required to prioritize cases involving parents of transgender children but were prohibited from closing them if they determined that the case likely did not involve child abuse, according to media reports of video footage from a state district court hearing.

What she's saying: The agency's approach to reports of parents seeking gender-affirming care for their children was different from other cases, the supervisor, Randa Mulanax, testified on Friday before Meachum, the Texas Tribune reports.

The latest: The ACLU, which represented a trans teenager's family in the lawsuit, applauded the decision but said "we cannot stop fighting."

The big picture: Medical organizations, including the American Psychological Association and the American Medical Association, have condemned the directive to restrict gender-affirming medical care, saying it could have a detrimental effect on the mental health of transgender youth, Axios' Oriana Gonzalez and Erin Doherty write.

Go deeper: "Terrifying": Understanding Abbott's order on trans kids in Texas

Editor's note: This story has been updated with the judge's ruling.