By Tyler O’Neil – Fox News
Transgender surgery on the genitals of a child constitutes child abuse under Texas law, according to the head of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS).
“Genital mutilation of a child through reassignment surgery is child abuse, subject to all rules and procedures pertaining to child abuse,” DFPS Commissioner Jaime Masters wrote in a letter to Governor Greg Abbott on Wednesday. Earlier this month, Abbott had requested clarification on the issue from DFPS, which is responsible for investigating charges of abuse, neglect, or exploitation of children, elderly adults, and adults with disabilities.
In the letter, Masters noted that altering a child’s genitals in pursuit of transgender identity “may cause a ‘genuine threat of substantial harm from physical injury to the child'” under Texas family code. “This surgical procedure physically alters a child’s genitalia for non-medical purposes potentially inflicting irreversible harm to children’s bodies. Generally, children in the care and custody of a parent lack the legal capacity to consent to surgical treatments, making them more vulnerable.”