A case at the center of the debate over child gender mutilation in Texas is set to be reviewed by the state’s highest civil court.

Jeff Younger is the father of 9-year-old James. Jeff Younger’s ex-wife, Anne Georgulas, sought to put James on puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones that would chemically castrate him.

Earlier this year, Judge Mary Brown of the 301st Family District Court of Dallas County awarded Georgulas full custody of James and gave her permission to move with the child anywhere in the continental United States.

Additionally, Younger was told he must consent to any gender modification procedures performed on James. That ruling came as a new California law is set to go into effect on January 1 that would shield parents who seek gender mutilation procedures in the state from prosecution in other states that have outlawed them.

While the Texas House refused to pass legislation last session to explicitly outlaw child gender mutilation, an opinion from Attorney General Ken Paxton states that it is child abuse, meaning children could be subject to removal from their homes. So far, however, there are no recorded cases of this happening.

Earlier this month, Jeff Younger, representing himself, filed an appeal of the decision to the Supreme Court of Texas. That appeal was joined onto by the Office of the Attorney General, who filed an amicus brief shortly after siding with Younger. Now, the court has agreed to review the case.

With California’s law set to go into effect in just a few days, parental rights activists are hopeful the court will move quickly, before it’s too late for James.

Brandon Waltens

Brandon serves as the Senior Editor for Texas Scorecard. After managing successful campaigns for top conservative legislators and serving as a Chief of Staff in the Texas Capitol, Brandon moved outside the dome in order to shine a spotlight on conservative victories and establishment corruption in Austin. @bwaltens