By Mira Miller

When Texas Governor Greg Abbott penned a letter directing state officials to investigate healthcare providers or parents who help transgender youth receive gender-affirming care, some believed his order would be ignored. But as of this week, the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) has launched investigations into parents of trans minors for possible child abuse.

A DFPS employee who has a 16-year-old transgender child was placed on administrative leave last week and was later visited by an investigator from the agency, according to a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas and Lambda Legal on Tuesday. The investigator sought medical records related to the child, but the family refused to voluntarily turn them over. The lawsuit also stated that other investigations are underway.

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