EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — The Texas Department of Family Protective Services (DFPS) responded to Gov. Greg Abbott’s order to determine whether genital mutilation through reassignment surgery constitutes child abuse.
Although gender-affirming procedures in minors is rare — especially in Texas — DFPS determined the procedure would constitute genital mutilation if gender-affirming surgical procedures are performed.
“Genital mutilation of a child through reassignment surgery is child abuse,” reads Commissioner Jamie Masters’ letter. “This surgical procedure physically alters a child’s genitalia for non-medical purposes potentially inflicting irreversible harm to children’s bodies.”
Most gender-affirming care for transgender children includes social transitioning and (sometimes) puberty blockers.
Gender-affirming surgeries for transgender adults typically cost tens of thousands of dollars after years of psychiatric care, hormone therapy, “real life” test as the self-identified gender and more.
Ray Baca, GOP chair of El Paso, told KTSM 9 News on Monday that the move is an effort not of intolerance, but rather an effort to ensure serious surgeries are not performed on children.