“Overturn The Order” Campaign Launches; Will Ask Governor Abbott to Rescind Order Requiring Investigations of Families with Trans Children.
The Interfaith, Bipartisan Grassroots Effort Will Respectfully Ask Gov. Abbott to Reconsider the Order Due to the Harm It Is Causing Texas Families and Texas Children.
Today, the “Overturn The Order”, an interfaith, bipartisan grassroots group, launched an effort designed to end Governor Greg Abbott’s order directing the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) to conduct child abuse investigations of families with transgender children.
Governor Abbot’s order is hurting too many vulnerable Texans, both families with transgender children and those children who are in truly unsafe homes. Additionally, this order continues to result in untold numbers of families being forced to leave the state rather than risk having their children removed from their homes or face the trauma of an invasive investigation.
“We are bringing people of good conscience together to encourage the governor to reconsider and rescind this harmful order,” said Rev. Jim Rigby, pastor of the St. Andrews Presbyterian Church. “We will continue to pray for the governor and the impacted families and children. At the same time, we will respectfully mobilize as many people as possible to request that Governor Abbott recognize the pain and damage associated with this order and overturn it.” “Since this order was issued, families like mine have been agonizing over whether to leave their homes rather than risk having their children taken away from them,” said Destiny Olson, a volunteer with the Overturn The Order campaign.
“Intimidating Texas families with the threat of these investigations and potentially removing their children from their home is an unbelievably cruel thing to do. It is unacceptable that parents are being treated like criminals for getting the medically recommended therapy and healthcare for their children with gender dysphoria. My child is, thankfully, a healthy adult now. Some families at risk are understandably afraid to speak up for fear of losing their children. That’s why it’s so important that the rest of us stand up and speak out for these families.” “As a former DFPS investigator, I can tell you there aren’t nearly enough resources for us to respond to every call as rapidly as needed, so when these completely unnecessary reports come in, it leaves children who are living in truly unsafe situations at continued risk,” said Morgan Davis, volunteer with Overturn The Order.
“The families affected by this order are simply trying to ensure their children have access to the gender-affirming care they need and that is often lifesaving. Unnecessarily investigating these families is not only traumatizing to them, but this order also takes away support from children truly in need.”
Gov. Abbott’s order stands in stark contrast to the major medical organizations that support gender-affirming care, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the American Medical Association, the Endocrine Society, the American Psychological Association and the American Psychiatric Association.
To learn more, or to get involved in the effort to “Overturn The Order,” please visit www.overturntheorder.com. Overturn The Order is an interfaith, bipartisan grassroots coalition that believes standing up for justice and equality is a way to show our love and commitment to our country, to our state and to one another. Overturn The Order is organizationally supported as a program of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church.