Texas enacts law shielding discriminatory child welfare services providers

Texas has enacted a law that enables child welfare agencies that discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, or religion of prospective parents, on the grounds of ‘sincerely held religious beliefs’, to continue to receive state financial support. The law additionally shields service providers that refuse to help youth find contraception or abortion services. The bill has been criticised not only because it legitimises discrimination against qualified prospective parents, but also because it jeopardizes the best interests of children who would benefit from a stable, loving home. Similar laws have been passed in South Dakota and Alabama in 2017.

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