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Update: Judge Kim Cooks has ruled that James' parents will have joint conservatorship over him. Read more by clicking here.

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DALLAS, October 24, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas spoke out Wednesday on behalf of 7-year-old James Younger, calling on his home state to intervene to prevent his mother from “transitioning” the boy into a girl.

On Monday, a Dallas jury ruled 11-1 against father Jeffrey Younger in his fight against his ex-wife, Dr. Anna Georgulas, who wants to raise James as “Luna” and force his father to affirm that identity, and has discussed subjecting him to “hormone suppression” between ages eight and nine – all against the boy’s will, his father says. Judge Kim Cooks is slated to issue a final ruling later today.

The case has sparked intense national outrage even as the mainstream press largely ignores it, with experts warning that not only is affirming a child’s gender confusion psychologically unhealthy in the long run, but exposure to sex-change hormones carries serious physical risks including infertility, impairment of adult sex function, and reduced life expectancy.

Numerous public figures have weighed in on the case, with many calling on both state and federal lawmakers to move quickly to ban chemical as well as surgical castration of minors. Among those to speak out was Sen. Cruz, who called the case “horrifying and tragic,” and called on Texas lawmakers to step in and spare children from being forced into such life-altering decisions at such early ages:

Regarding what lawmakers could do, the Washington Examiner notes that Texas does not currently prohibit legal guardians from giving puberty blockers or hormones to minors. Conservative Review senior editor Daniel Horowitz suggests the state convene a special legislative session to ban the practice, and that Congress limit federal courts’ ability to interfere with states that do the same. 

Gov. Abbott announced Wednesday evening that the situation “is being looked into by the Texas Attorney General’s Office and the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.”

As of the time of this writing, a petition calling on Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott and state lawmakers to intervene has received more than 221,000 signatures. LifeSiteNews has also launched its own petition, which has collected more than 53,000 signatures so far.

Follow all LifeSiteNews coverage of the James Younger case here.