A Texas Supreme Court ruled Friday the state could resume investigating parents for child abuse if they seek gender-affirming care for transgender kids
Why it matters: The decision reverses an injunction by a Texas appeals court in March that temporarily blocked such investigations.
The big picture: The court's ruling leaves the injunction in place for the family that originally filed the case's initial lawsuit as the case goes to trial, the New York Times reported.The ruling also stated that the appeals court had "abused its discretion" by issuing a statewide order.The probes began after Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) ordered state agencies in February to investigate gender-affirming care for transgender kids as child abuse.
State of play: Medical organizations, including the American Psychological Association and the American Medical Association, have condemned the directive to restrict gender-affirming medical care, saying it could have a detrimental effect on the mental health of transgender youth, Axios' Oriana Gonzalez and Erin Doherty write.Over two-thirds of LGBTQ youth said recent debates over state laws that target transgender people have negatively impacted their mental health, according to a poll by the Trevor Project, which provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ youth.