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Texas Bill Would Label Parents As Child Abusers For Supporting Trans Children If It Passes

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The Texas state legislature is attempting to pass a bill that would charge parents on basis of child abuse for supporting their trans children.

If the bill passes, it would be a crime if a parent was found to be 'consenting to or assisting in the administering or supplying of, a puberty suppression prescription drug or cross-sex hormone to a child, other than an intersex child, for the purpose of gender transitioning or gender reassignment. Under Texas Senate Bill 1646, parents could have their kids taken away from them or even serve time behind bars, according to LGBTQ Nation.

The bill would change the state's definition of child abuse to include parents allowing trans minors to access hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and puberty blockers, two types of treatment commonly prescribed to trans minors by medical professionals.

Advocates like Adri Perez, a policy and advocacy strategist for the ACLU of Texas, fear the bill could majorly disadvantage trans kids if it's approved.

"Gender-affirming care is essential and life-saving care," Perez said in a video posted to Twitter. "Make no mistake, restricting and even criminalizing access to healthcare for transgender people will cost lives."

The bill seeks to 'end the practice of child gender modification in the State of Texas.

Expectedly, this new bill has been panned by medical experts. Doctors For Change has penned an open letter to supporters of Senate Bill 1646 and explained how it damaging it would be if it was passed.

They wrote: "In our experience, affirmation and acceptance from parents, guardians, physicians, and all other important adults in a child's life is extremely beneficial to the child's health outcomes and happiness.

"These benefits are also supported overwhelmingly by the medical literature and highly respected pediatric organizations."