When Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced his emergency items for the legislative session, one conservative priority was noticeably absent: protecting children from the lifelong consequences of abusive medical practices such as chemical castration and unnecessary cosmetic surgeries that, in actuality, cannot change their gender.

Banning child gender mutilation is a legislative priority for the Republican Party of Texas, determined by thousands of grassroots delegates to the RPT convention, as well as a longstanding issue for conservatives due to the nationally known child abuse case of Dallas-area boy James Younger, whose mother is transitioning him against his father’s wishes.

Neither the Republican-controlled Texas Legislature nor Abbott took definitive action to protect James or other children from these medically questionable procedures during the past two state legislative sessions. Abbott complained that the odds of such legislation passing the Republican-controlled House were “nil.”

Indeed, while the Texas Senate passed multiple bills to outlaw these procedures in 2021, the House killed every such bill brought before it, and several bills never even made it to the House floor.

Meanwhile, legislation has already been filed this session to protect children from these abusive procedures; despite this, Abbott made no mention of the issue.

“In Greg Abbott‘s biennial State of the State speech, one would imagine that protecting one of the most vulnerable members of our society would rank high on his list of emergency priorities,” Texas Family Project President Chris Hopper told Texas Scorecard.

“With the current chaos surrounding children being put on puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones to prep them for inevitable gender modification surgeries, one would like to think that this issue would make Abbott’s list. Nope. Nada. Crickets,” Hopper added. “No mention of protecting innocence. We have a state being ravished by perverted drag shows for kids, and we have medical ‘professionals’ prescribing puberty blockers to minors. Abbott’s silence on these issues is deafening.”

Concerned citizens may contact their elected state officials to ask how they will act to protect children.

Sydnie Henry

A born and bred Texan, Sydnie serves as the Managing Editor for Texas Scorecard. She graduated from Patrick Henry College with a B.A. in Government and is utilizing her research and writing skills to spread truth to Texans.