ACLU sues Texas over 'child abuse' investigations of transgender children and their parents

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The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed suit against Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) and the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services on Tuesday to block enforcement of Abbott's directive that state child welfare officials must investigate parents of transgender children taking hormone blockers or other gender-affirming medical care. Abbott cited state Attorney General Ken Paxton's (R) legal determination that such treatments could "legally constitute child abuse."

Tuesday's lawsuit was filed on behalf of a Houston psychologist and a DFPS employee with a transgender daughter. The DFPS employee, identified as Jane Doe, was put on leave after Abbott issued his directive last week, then visited by state child welfare investigators on Friday. If the DFPS determines that Jane and John Doe committed child abuse under Paxton's definition, they could be placed on a child abuse registry and Jane Doe could be fired from her state job, the lawsuit says.

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Peter has worked as a news and culture writer and editor at The Week since the site's launch in 2008. He covers politics, world affairs, religion and cultural currents. His journalism career began as a copy editor at a financial newswire and has included editorial positions at The New York Times Magazine, Facts on File, and Oregon State University.