By Julia Chun
On March 2nd, 2022, a judge in Travis County, Texas blocked the state Federal and Protective Services from investigating the parents of a transgender teenager receiving gender-confirming treatments. The department sought to investigate the parents on the grounds of labeling these treatments as child abuse. The American Civil Liberties Union vehemently fought attorney general Ken Paxton’s opinion, stating that the ruling would result in “irreparable harm” to the family and all others. Currently, the parent, who is an employee of the Department of Family and Protective Services is put on administrative leave and is at risk of losing her job while the psychologist of the child is at risk of civil suits and prosecution. The order blocking the governor from examining the parents is a legal win but falls short of actively protecting transgender children and families.