A Texas Supreme Court ruled Friday the state could resume investigating parents for child abuse if they seek gender-affirming care for transgender kids
Why it matters: The decision reverses an injunction by a Texas appeals court in March that temporarily blocked such investigations.
The ruling also stated that the appeals court had “abused its discretion” by issuing a statewide order.The probes began after Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) ordered state agencies in February to investigate gender-affirming care for transgender kids as child abuse.
State of play: 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.
Over two-thirds of LGBTQ youth said recent debates over state laws that target transgender people have negatively impacted their mental health, according to a poll by the Trevor Project, which provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ youth.