White House denounces Paxton’s “dangerous” opinion on transgender children

White House denounces Paxton’s “dangerous” opinion on transgender children

Isabel Webb Carey
Isabel Webb Carey
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February 28, 2022

In response to the legal opinion issued last week by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton that would classify health care options for transgender children as “child abuse,” the White House denounced Paxton’s opinion as “dangerous.”

“The Texas Attorney General’s attack on loving parents who seek medical care for their transgender children is dangerous to the health of kids in Texas and part of much larger trend of conservative officials cynically attacking LGBTQI+ youth to score political points,” said Karine Jean-Pierre, the White House principal deputy press secretary. “Families should have the right to seek health care that will enable young people to live healthy and fulfilled lives.”

Paxton issued his 13-page opinion on Feb. 18 following a request from Texas Republican Rep. Matt Kraus. The legal opinion prompted Gov. Greg Abbott to send a letter Tuesday to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) and other state agencies in which he called for “prompt and thorough investigations of any reported instances of Texas children being subjected to abusive gender-transitioning procedures.” His letter stated doctors and nurses could face punishments for failing to report such care and mentioned DFPS should look into parents who pursue it for their kids.

Though Paxton’s opinion is not law, a spokesperson for DFPS said the agency will follow the attorney general’s opinion after receiving the governor’s directive. However, five district attorneys in Texas put out a collective statement Wednesday evening calling Paxton and Abbott’s directives “life-threatening.”

“We want to assure our residents with transgender children that they are safe to continue seeking the care their children need,” the district attorneys’ statement read. “We will not allow the Governor and Attorney General to disregard Texan children’s lives in order to score political points.”

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Isabel Webb Carey

Isabel Webb Carey

Isabel Webb Carey attends the University of Texas at Austin in the Plan II Honors Program with a certificate in Core Texts and Ideas. Her interests include education, local governance, sustainability, and equity. Isabel enjoys dancing, hiking, and live music. She is also a staff writer for the Texas Orator. Email her at isabelwebbcarey@gmail.com
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