The Lone Star state is at the forefront of the fight against gender ideology. And it is no wonder why. Texas is a bastion of conservative and traditional values — the values upon which our nation was founded. Resultantly, Texas upholds the integrity of God’s creation, and she seeks to protect that creation at all costs.
That principle extends to the use of reconstructive surgeries and puberty blockers in children. But Texas’ hardline stance against gender ideology is not proof that she hates those who struggle with a discontinuity in their mental state and their biological appearance.
She loves them and wishes them the best — both spiritually and physically. But it is not right to promote an inherently divisive ideology in the school system, or as we shall see today, in the medical industry.
As we reported earlier this month, a multitude of states are now taking action against medical transitions in children. One of those states is Alabama. Alabama’s Governor, Kay Ivey, sums up the thought of these states as follows:
“There are very real challenges facing our young people, especially with today’s societal pressures and modern culture. I believe very strongly that if the Good Lord made you a boy, you are a boy, and if he made you a girl, you are a girl.
We should especially protect our children from these radical, life-altering drugs and surgeries when they are at such a vulnerable stage in life. Instead, let us all focus on helping them to properly develop into the adults God intended them to be.”
Amen to that. And now the second-biggest state in the union is following suit. Texas Governor Greg Abbott made a move in February for the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services agency to begin investigations into child gender transitions as child abuse violations. Opining about the move, Governor Abbott said the following:
“Because the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services is responsible for protecting children from abuse, I hereby direct your agency to conduct a prompt and thorough investigation of any reported instances of these abusive procedures in the State of Texas,” reads the letter. “To protect Texas children from abuse, DFPS and all other state agencies must follow the law as explained in OAG Opinion No. KP-0401.”
That was back in February. But the order was stalled by a Texas District Court and then an appeals court. These decisions were directed at a specific case — the case of a sixteen-year-old who identifies as transgender — “Jane Doe”. But the Texas Supreme Court thought differently, effectively allowing the policy to be put in place, albeit, not in a compulsory manner. As the Washington Times reports, the Supreme Court came to the following decision:
“The Governor and the Attorney General were certainly well within their rights to state their legal and policy views on this topic, but DFPS was not compelled by law to follow them,” said the Friday ruling. “DFPS’s press statement, however, suggests that DFPS may have considered itself bound by either the Governor’s letter, the Attorney General’s Opinion, or both. Again, nothing before this Court supports the notion that DFPS is so bound.”
This is a major win for Abbott and the Republicans. Perhaps this is the start of a series of major red wave efforts to do the same.