Greg Abbott is taking a brief pause from using immigrants as political pawns to attack trans kids in yet another Republican-led effort to harm LGBTQ+ people in America.
The gay-hating Texas governor announced yesterday that he plans to sign Senate Bill 14 into law ASAP. The bill, which is currently en route to Abbott’s desk, blocks trans kids from receiving gender-affirming care and effectively forces those already in the process of transitioning to de-transition and start over after they turn 18.
“I’m not going to make any secret about it. I’ll be signing it. This is about protecting children,” he misled reporters on Thursday. “A person under 18, they don’t have the mental capacity to make a life-changing decision.”
Per Texas Tribune:
Authored by New Braunfels Republican Sen. Donna Campbell, SB 14 would prohibit trans Texans under the age of 18 from accessing transition-related medical treatments including puberty blockers, hormone therapies and surgeries — though surgeries are rarely performed on kids.
The bill would also require trans youth who are already getting this care to be “weaned off” in a “medically appropriate” manner. This is slightly out of step with the abrupt cutoff mandated by the version the Senate approved last month, but the upper chamber has chosen not to ask for a conference committee to iron out the difference.
Other states have passed similar legislation but the laws have been stalled in the courts. The same will likely happen in Texas as the ACLU, Transgender Law Center, and Lambda Legal have already announced plans to sue, citing the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment.
“These laws are patently unconstitutional,” Paul Castillo, senior counsel for Lambda Legal, told reporters this week. “They interfere with the decisions of families in consultation with their doctors, and certainly no care should be stopped.”
Given the number of these laws being passed, as well as the number of lawsuits challenging them, it’s likely the matter will eventually end up at the U.S. Supreme Court, where things have gotten so chaotic that it’s hard to say which way the high court might rule on it.
Pollsters say the wave of bills targeting transgender healthcare in red states could backfire on Republicans in 2024 the same way the Roe v. Wade debacle backfired on them in 2022.
Things are certainly backfiring on Abbott and his colleagues on Twitter right now. Here’s what folx are saying…
Republicans are against big government unless when they want to make the lives of the LGBTQ community miserable— Mark Nosrati (@MarkNosrati) May 18, 2023
Texas Taliban— 🌻Liz 🌻 🌎✌️🟧 (@HippiePrinces12) May 18, 2023
Remember Trumpcare they promised? This must be it.— CanCanGirl🐱TobyBear🐻PoppyPips &ME! (@CalynaHaunt) May 18, 2023
Texas Legislature Bans Transgender Medical Care for Children— SwannRise (@SwannRise) May 18, 2023
Texas became the largest state to a pass a bill banning puberty blockers and hormone treatments for minors. Gov. Greg Abbott was likely to sign it.
Those poor Children & their Parents. 😥
Texas is on the brink of usurping parental rights to discriminate against a group of kids they don’t like because their Jesus. Fixed it— KCBK (@KCBK56) May 18, 2023
The US has falling mortality rates; children living in fear of being shot at school; and people going into bankruptcy from being unable to pay their hospital bills. And all the Republicans seem to be interested in, is scoring points in the culture wars.— Matthew Townsend 🇦🇺🇺🇦 (@monomatthew) May 19, 2023
Barely a week goes by and there isn’t a mass shooting in Texas. Property taxes is off the charts but the state legislature chooses to focus on transgender kids, children books and gay night clubs. Incredible— SociallyQ (@SociallyQ) May 18, 2023
Republicans are so fearful of truth. Denying care for kids who are already suffering is beyond cruel & incomprehensible. Compassion is a virtue.— trishinpa (@trishinpa2) May 18, 2023
Texas fascism. Yee haw— David Martin Burrows ™️ (@dmburrows) May 18, 2023
Cruz says Bud Light enlisted Mulvaney to market its product towards underage kids.