Lubbock, Texas, May 13 (Reuters)-Friday, Texas Supreme Court orders a family child abuse investigation to provide specific treatment to transgender children, both Governor Greg Abbott and the State Attorney General. I ruled that I did not have the authority.

The Supreme Court said in a ruling that the state could not investigate the family of a 16-year-old transgender child at the heart of the case while the family proceedings were pending in a lower court.

The court did not order a total ban on all such investigations, saying that the decision to conduct the investigation was left to the Family Protection Services Authority (DFPS).

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“The Governor and Attorney General were certainly within the scope of their right to state their legal and policy views on this topic, but DFSS was not forced by law to comply with them,” the court wrote in a ruling. ..

DFPS said in an email statement that it was considering the decision and had no comments.

Texas is one of dozens of states where conservative politicians have sought to criminalize the provision of treatments used to help young people move away from their birth-assigned gender. Critics of such proposals have accused Republicans of seizing gender identity as a wedge issue for political gain.

In its ruling, the Texas Supreme Court appeared to believe that DFPS officials were bound by the opinion of the Republican Governor or Attorney General on this issue through a press conference held by the authorities. “There is nothing in support of the concept of DFPS before this court,” he said. I’m very tied up. “

After the decision did not lead to a total ban, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said the decision was a victory.

“We have ensured a family victory over the gender ideology of doctors, major pharmaceutical companies and clinics trying to’trans’the confused and innocent children,” he wrote on Twitter.

Neither Paxton nor Abbott responded to requests for further comment.

ACLU and Lambda Legal in Texas both represented the families of transgender teens surveyed and praised the ruling as “client victory and rule of law.”

A child identified only as “Mary Doe, a minor” in the ACLU and Lambda proceedings received puberty-delaying medications and hormone therapy.

The proceedings state that no other state treats gender-affirming medical care as a form of child abuse. There is widespread agreement among mainstream medical and mental health professionals that gender-verifying care saves lives by reducing the risk of depression and suicide.

DFPS states that it has launched at least nine child welfare investigations under Abbott’s policy.

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Reported by Brad Brooks of Lubbock, Texas and Maria Caspani of New York.Edited by David Gregorio

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