Ken Paxton: Puberty Blockers Considered Child Abuse Under Texas Law

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton declared on Monday that sex-change procedures and the prescription of puberty blockers to children would be considered child abuse under state law. 

“certain procedures done on minors such as castration, fabrication of a ‘penis’ using tissue from other body parts, fabrication of a ‘vagina’ involving the removal of male sex organs, prescription of puberty-suppressors and infertility-inducers, and the like are all ‘abuse’ under section 261.001 of the Texas Family Code,” Paxton’s office said in a press release. 

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“There is no doubt that these procedures are ‘abuse’ under Texas law, and thus must be halted, the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) has a responsibility to act accordingly. I’ll do everything I can to protect against those who take advantage of and harm young Texans,” The AG said. 

Paxton’s opinion is that the child has a “fundamental right to procreate” and if the child is sterilized before age is reached where consent can be properly given child abuse is certainly present. 

In recent years a fierce debate has existed over whether or not puberty blockers cause substantial long-term harm to the child who uses them. Some allege that puberty happens like normal once the drug is done being used. Paxton believes he’s found the truth. 

Paxton also claimed that a slew of other side effects may come as a result of puberty blockers being used on children. These side effects include increased risk of cancer and stroke, gallbladder disease, increased blood pressure, and serious mental health effects. 

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If true, the fact that any parent would allow their child to incur such severe risks to their health is astonishing. 

According to Paxton, these practices fall under the definition of abuse outlined in the Texas Family Code that says “causing or permitting substantial harm to the child or the child’s growth and development is child abuse,” and will be considered as such in the state. 

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