Gov. Abbott announced Wednesday that sex assignment surgery for children “constitutes child abuse” according to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS).
Abbott had previously directed DFPS to issue a determination on this matter.
Commissioner Jaime Masters said in a letter “Genital mutilation of a child through reassignment surgery is child abuse. This surgical procedure physically alters a child’s genitalia for non-medical purposes potentially inflicting irreversible harm to children’s bodies.”
In addition, per Abbott’s announcement:
Commissioner Masters also concludes that:
- Allegations involving genital mutilation of a child through reassignment surgery will be promptly and thoroughly investigated and any appropriate actions will be taken.
- Certain professionals who have “cause to believe” a child has been or may be abused must report that belief to DFPS within 48-hours after the professional first suspects the abuse.
- Failure to report this abuse is considered a Class A misdemeanor and punishable by up to one year in jail, a fine, or both. The intentional concealment of such abuse us a state jail felony.
- The determination and subsequent enforcement are effective immediately.