Republican Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced Friday that his office is opening an investigation into a medical center focusing on gender transition procedures on minors.
Paxton said Friday that there have been “a number of recent reports about potentially illegal activity” at Dell Children’s Medical Center in Austin, Texas, which prompted him to issue a Request to Examine (RTE) the center to determine whether state law has been violated.
Project Veritas’s undercover video in April filmed a social worker at the center claiming the center has transitioning patients “as young as 8.”
“We do have patients who are starting [their transition] as young as 8, 9. So, we do have folks on the younger side,” Nora Scott, a social worker at Dell Children’s Medical Center, said in the undercover video. “In regards to prescribing, that’s up to the prescriber’s discretion. They might just require a couple of appointments just to see, it might be appropriate after one. It’s not something that we want to gate-keep and require someone to come see us 10 times before it’s prescribed.”
“It is now alarmingly common for fringe activists to use their positions in medicine and health care to force experimental, life-altering procedures onto children,” Paxton said in a Friday statement. “Across the country, there are doctors and health care professionals who appear willing to sacrifice the long-term health of American children, all in service to the increasingly dangerous fad of ‘transgender’ extremism. It is deeply disturbing, and there is no place for it in Texas.”
The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) determined in August 2021 that sex-change procedures constitute “child abuse” under Texas law, a view the state Supreme Court agreed with in a May 2022 ruling that allowed government officials to continue investigating parents who allow their children to transition.
Paxton also issued an opinion on February 18, 2022 finding that sex-change procedures, castration, and puberty-blockers and the like are child abuse and in violation of denying an American the right to procreate.
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