Governor Abbott Receives Response From DFPS Regarding Whether Genital Mutilation Through Reassignment Surgery Constitutes Child Abuse

Governor Abbott Receives Response From DFPS Regarding Whether Genital Mutilation Through Reassignment Surgery Constitutes Child Abuse

Governor Greg Abbott today received a response from Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) Commissioner Jaime Masters concerning whether genital mutilation of a child for purposes of gender transitioning through reassignment surgery constitutes child abuse.

Governor Greg Abbott today received a response from Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) Commissioner Jaime Masters concerning whether genital mutilation of a child for purposes of gender transitioning through reassignment surgery constitutes child abuse. The Governor previously directed DFPS to issue a determination on this matter last week. 

In the letter, Commissioner Masters determines that genital mutation of a child through reassignment surgery constitutes child abuse because it may cause a genuine threat of substantial harm from physical injury to the child. 

“Genital mutilation of a child through reassignment surgery is child abuse,” reads Commissioner Masters’ letter. “This surgical procedure physically alters a child’s genitalia for non-medical purposes potentially inflicting irreversible harm to children’s bodies.”

Commissioner Masters also concludes that:

  • Allegations involving genital mutilation of a child through reassignment surgery will be promptly and thoroughly investigated and any appropriate actions will be taken.
  • Certain professionals who have “cause to believe” a child has been or may be abused must report that belief to DFPS within 48-hours after the professional first suspects the abuse.
  • Failure to report this abuse is considered a Class A misdemeanor and punishable by up to one year in jail, a fine, or both. The intentional concealment of such abuse us a state jail felony.
  • The determination and subsequent enforcement are effective immediately.

Read the full letter. 


Source: Governors Office