Texas Children’s Hospital suspends gender-affirming treatment after Texas rules CPS can investigate as child abuse

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) – Gender-affirming care in Texas is at risk for transgender children. Texas Children’s Hospital told ABC13 they are pausing certain treatments after state leaders decided to ask Child Protection Services to investigate gender-affirming care because child abuse leaves them no choice.

Texas Children’s Hospital issued the following statement:

Texas Children’s Hospital’s mission is to create a healthier future for all children, including transgender children, within the limits of the law. After evaluating the attorney general’s and governor’s actions, Texas Children’s Hospital paused hormone-related prescription therapies for gender-affirming services. This step was taken to protect our healthcare professionals and affected families from potential criminal liability.”

Eyewitness News has reached out to Legacy Community Health to see if they are changing treatment plans as a result. So far we haven’t received an answer.

Transgender activists like Eden Rose Torres have criticized the state’s move. Torres says it will hurt those most vulnerable.

“Government officials in Austin have launched a catastrophic attack on trans children, but also on the entire trans community as a whole,” Torres said. “As trans adults, we know the importance of gender-affirming care. And as a kid, I can’t imagine starting a process of affirming who I am and then taking it away.”

Ty David Lerman with Southwest Psychotherapy Associates said denying transgender children gender-affirming care could significantly impact their mental health.

Lerman found that suicide rates are higher in the LGBTQ+ community than other children.

“The bottom line is that this legislation will most likely kill youth,” Lerman said. “Preventing a child from expressing who they are is more damaging than simply allowing and acknowledging that child to speak their voice, to speak what their truth is, and to be able to speak out loud and to be yourself. Whatever that may be. “

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