Texas files lawsuit over latest federal health guidelines that highlighted protections for gender-affirming pediatric care

On March 2, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released guidance stating that health care providers who report families seeking gender-affirming care or refusing to provide treatment may be in violation of federal law. . Families who believe their child was denied gender-affirming care can file a complaint with the department’s Office of Civil Rights, the guidelines said.
HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra added in a statement, “HHS will take immediate action if necessary.”
In its filing in federal court on Wednesday, Texas argued that federal protections for care of transgender youth were a “misinterpretation of federal law” and said the guidelines threatened state agencies with losing funding. if they did not comply with “the misinterpretation of their obligations by HHS”. under the law.

“The federal government has no authority to regulate the medical profession and establish family policies, including what may constitute child abuse in state family law courts,” Paxton said. in a press release.

“It’s time for the Biden administration to stop forcing its political agenda,” he added.

The new complaint was added to an existing lawsuit the state filed last year over June guidelines from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that employers must allow employees to use the toilet and dress according to their gender identity. Texas seeks declaratory relief and an injunction against having to enforce the two federal guidelines.

Federal Judge Matthew J. Kacsmaryk has yet to issue a ruling in the case.


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