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ANALYSIS: Voters Made It Quite Clear Where They Fall On Transgender Ideology

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Parents and lawmakers have recognized that children suffer the most significant casualties in the transgender culture war, which seeks to encourage children to participate in harmful gender-transition experiments that leave them with long-term physical and emotional damage.

Voters are calling on lawmakers to pass legislation that gives them the power to push back against the ideology that has been accused of instructing children that gender is not biology but feeling. During Texas’ March 1 Primary elections, Republican voters were asked if Texas should ban transgender medical procedures on all minor children, including chemical castration, puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, and genital mutilation surgery.

Of the 1.88 million votes counted, over 1.7 million Texans overwhelmingly voted “yes” to ban sex-transition procedures for minors.

Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott sent an August 2021 letter asking Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) Commissioner Jamie Masters to determine if gender-transition surgery (genital mutilation) on minors is considered child abuse under Texas law. (RELATED: Trans Activists Funded By Big Pharma Push Biased Research Promoting Medical Transitions For Children)

“Subjecting a child to genital mutilation through reassignment surgery creates a ‘genuine threat of substantial harm from physical injury to the child,'” Abbott wrote to DFPS. “This broad definition of “abuse” should cover a surgical procedure that will sterilize the child, such as orchiectomy or hysterectomy, or remove otherwise healthy body parts, such as penectomy or mastectomy. Indeed, Texas already outlaws female genital mutilation of a child, and presumably that also constitutes child abuse.”

Masters responded to Abbott, confirming that performing genital reassignment surgery on minors is considered child abuse. “This surgical procedure physically alters a child’s genitalia for non-medical purposes potentially inflicting irreversible harm to children’s bodies,” Masters wrote.

He promised DFPS would investigate complaints involving the genital mutilation of a child through reassignment surgery. Masters remarked that Texas law considers the failure of certain professionals to report this abuse a Class A misdemeanor and punishable by up to one year in jail.

After vocal calls from primary opponents, Abbott ordered the DFPS on Feb. 22 to investigate situations where children have been subjected to child abuse through transgender medical procedures.

“Texas law … imposes a duty on DFPS to investigate the parents of a child who is subjected to these abusive gender-transitioning procedures, and on other state agencies to investigate licensed facilities where such procedures may occur,” Abbott wrote. “To protect Texas children from abuse, DFPS and all other state agencies must follow the law.”

Texas Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton confirmed on Feb. 21, a day before Abbott’s order to DFPS, that Texas law protects minors from child abuse from gender-transitioning methods.

“There is no doubt that these procedures are ‘abuse’ under Texas law, and thus must be halted,” said Paxton. “The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) has a responsibility to act accordingly. I’ll do everything I can to protect against those who take advantage of and harm young Texans.”

The Idaho House passed HB 675 to amend the state’s genital mutilation law and make it illegal to subject a minor to gender-transitioning procedures. The bill is similar to the Texas order in that it successfully bans the medical plan for minors that includes surgery, puberty blockers and hormone treatments.

Republican Idaho state Rep. Bruce Skaug sponsored HB 675, promising it will protect children and that the bill doesn’t stop adults from transitioning.

“We need to stop sterilizing and mutilating children under the age of 18,” said Skaug, KTVB7 reported. “If we do not allow minors to get tattoos, smoke cigarettes, and drink alcohol or sign legal contracts why would we allow them to make decisions to cut away organs based on their feelings during puberty time.”

Democratic Idaho state Rep. Ilana Rubel disagreed, arguing that delaying puberty would “impact … how successful that transition is,” the Idaho outlet reported. “Allowing puberty to run its course changes the body in profound and irreversible ways,” she said.

The National Institute for Health (NIH) released a study showing the number of patients who undergo gender-transition surgery and later have regret is low. After 27 studies surveying 7,928 transgender patients, it stated that 77 patients regretted having had the surgery. Another 28 had minor regret, and 34 had major.

However, an article published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery-Global Open said the studies’ methods couldn’t have produced successful results. “Almost all studies conducted non-validated questionnaires to assess regret due to the lack of standardized questionnaires available in this topic,” the article states.

The study showed that those with regret said it was hard to accept their new gender and the role that added to their lives, while a lesser percentage felt that surgery failed to “achieve their surgical goals.”

The Heritage Foundation, a conservative think-tank, held a talk published on YouTube highlighting mothers whose children have been hurt by gender ideology.

“Gender ideology has been working its way into America’s public schools for years—in both the official curriculum and extracurricular activities,” The Heritage Foundation wrote in the talk description. “On a parallel track, students have been introduced to gender ideology through social media ‘influencers,’ helping fuel a rise in gender dysphoria among children.”

The parents claim that, under the guise of supporting their children, school districts began “affirming” their child’s gender confusion and allowed their students to “socially transition” without their parents’ consent and sometimes even without their knowledge. (RELATED: EXCLUSIVE: Texas School District Tells Teachers Not To ‘Out’ Their Trans, Non-Binary Students To Parents)

Documents viewed by the Daily Caller News Foundation in January exposed a Round Rock, Texas, middle school for reportedly giving teacher training that instructed teachers not to tell parents if a student confides in them about their gender confusion. An anonymous Round Rock teacher said she received an email from a student asking the teacher to affirm their chosen gender but was told by her principal and counselor not to tell the parents about the student’s decision.

“They told me no, that the child could get beat and maybe not be accepted by their family,” she said. “I was to accept and comply. I cried in my classroom. I cried all the way home. That was two years ago.”

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