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Feb. 25, 2022, 11:00 AM

Labeling Trans Kid Care ‘Abuse’ Mirrors Texas’ Abortion Tactic

Ayanna Alexander
Ayanna Alexander
Lydia Wheeler
Lydia Wheeler
Senior Reporter

Texas’ crackdown on gender affirming care for kids follows the chilling strategy the state used last year to limit abortion access, gay rights advocates warn.

Though Gov. Greg Abbott (R) and Attorney General Ken Paxton’s (R) announcement that gender-affirming care for transgender children is abuse that must be reported and investigated may not survive legal scrutiny, it will likely prevent at-risk children from seeking necessary medical treatment, advocates said. Similar to Texas’s recent abortion law (SB 8), the goal is to scare medical providers from offering certain services.

“What’s happening is you may have folks on the far right using ...

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