Texas Governor Abbott’s claim to fame is his hardline and principled policies in the lone star state. His reign could come to an end.
And Greg Abbott got blindsided with a massive lawsuit.
A sad truth of politics is that it doesn’t matter if you play by the rules, your enemies will find a way to shut you down.
And a favorite of Democrats is to stomp and scream when duly elected representatives pass popular bills into law.
That’s right, it never is about “Democracy” or “giving the people a voice.” It’s only ever those good things if the laws and opinions just so happen to coincide with liberal orthodoxy.
If they don’t, then it’s a “threat to Democracy” and must be overturned immediately.
Now Texas is in the crosshairs for standing up against the Democrats.
The American Civil Liberties Union, which once supported free speech, is now in favor of child sex changes across the country.
The organization is suing the state of Texas, as it has done in other states, to protect children from the harmful effects of medicines and surgeries used in gender swapping.
The ACLU’s suit is based on the promise of parental liberty in the Texas constitution.
The idea is that sex modifications are medically required for children and adolescents suffering from gender dysphoria, and that parents should not be barred from making decisions regarding medical services to treat that condition.
However, the medical treatment of gender dysphoria in minors is not a proven science. The Worth Professional Association for Transgender Health promotes for its medical necessity, saying that medical sex transition therapies should have no age restrictions.
They also state that “eunuch” is a gender identity with which youngsters can identify.
Many clinicians in Europe and the United States believe that the best way to treat children and teenagers with gender uncertainty or dysphoria is to wait and see, rather than making permanent, life-changing alterations before the child is of consenting age.
The Texas measure prevents state medical insurance from covering child sex modifications, including those that “are intended to transition a child’s biological sex as determined by the child’s sex organs, chromosomes, and endogenous profiles.”
According to the bill, a physician or health care practitioner cannot “knowingly perform a sterilizing surgery on the child” or offer medications that “induce transient or permanent infertility.”
The bill is slated to take effect on September 1, but the ACLU is hoping for a repeat victory in their efforts to repeal similar laws in Florida.
They have brought suit, as have five families from the state. The lawsuit does not name the families, although their children vary in age from 9 to 16.
“This law would ban necessary and life-saving medical care for Texas’ transgender youth,” the ACLU says, “cut off access to care for adolescent minors already receiving treatment, and require the state to revoke the medical licenses of physicians providing the best standard of care to their trans patients.”
The ACLU has been successful in forcing states to allow minors to change their gender. They have victories in Florida, Arkansas, Alabama, Oklahoma, and Utah.