As prefiling for the 88th Legislative Session started Monday, State Reps. Steve Toth (R–The Woodlands) and Bryan Slaton (R–Royse City) immediately filed House Bill 41 and House Bill 42, respectively, to ban the child gender mutilation procedures wreaking havoc on children across the nation.

HB 41 will prohibit healthcare providers from receiving professional liability insurance coverage for performing or prescribing certain “gender transitioning” procedures for children, including genital removal surgeries, chemical castration, puberty blockers, and other sex-change therapies. This would essentially discontinue any medical professional from assisting in these mutilative “treatments” since they would be personally liable.

HB 42 will designate genital removal surgeries, chemical castration, puberty blockers, and other sex-change therapies as child abuse.

“For years, Texas has failed our children by allowing them to be subjected to cruel child abuse in the form of sex-change surgeries and therapies,” said Slaton. “This child gender-modification is child abuse, plain and simple. It is finally time that the Texas House, like the Senate, step up and defend innocent children from these bogus medical practices.”

Texas GOP voters designated a ban on gender modification for children as a legislative priority for the 2023 session, carrying the priority over from the 2021 session.

Texas must ban chemical castration, puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, genital mutilation, bodily alteration surgery, psychological/social transitioning, and any other methods applied to or performed on children.

The priority has been emphasized as Texans follow the child abuse case of Dallas-area boy James Younger, whose mother told him he was a girl and wanted to force him (against his father’s wishes) to take sterilizing puberty blocker and cross-sex hormone drugs and eventually be castrated. James’ case continues as his mother (although not his biological mother) is trying to move him to California, where the state will assist in transitioning him.

Despite public outcry, Gov. Greg Abbott and the Republican-controlled Texas Legislature repeatedly refused to enact a child protection bill outlawing the disfiguring experiments last session.

Following the Legislature’s inaction, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton called the operations “child abuse” in a 13-page formal legal opinion. Abbott then wrote a letter to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, ordering them to investigate such cases.

However, little progress was made in protecting children from these disfiguring operations in the subsequent months, so the Texas GOP is again stressing the need to stop these destructive practices.

The 88th Legislative Session begins on January 10.

Concerned citizens may contact their representatives to ask how they will vote on the issue.

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.