On Tuesday, the Biden administration appealed a decision which had determined the 2016 Obama-Biden administration’s “transgender mandate” illegally violated religious freedom by forcing doctors to perform transgender surgeries.
As the National Review explains, President Barack Obama and then-Vice President Biden included a mandate in the Affordable Care Act that doctors be required to perform and provide insurance coverage for so-called sex change surgeries without a religious exemption.
While the mandate has been challenged by thousands of doctors and medical providers, in January, a North Dakota judge sided with a Catholic hospital’s assertion that to provide such surgeries would be a violation of its religious freedom.
Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra filed a lawsuit challenging this ruling this week to uphold the government’s ability to force medical providers of faith to violate their deeply-held beliefs.
“This is bad for patients, doctors, and religious liberty,” said Luke Goodrich, senior counsel for the Becket Fund, about the administration’s appeal.
“The Biden Admin says it can punish doctors and hospitals for ‘sex discrimination’ unless they perform controversial gender-transition procedures,” he wrote in a statement posted to Twitter. “The Transgender Mandate not only threatens religious doctors and hospitals. It also threatens patients, as there is ample evidence that certain gender transition procedures can be deeply harmful.”
#BREAKING: The Biden Admin just filed an appeal seeking to force religious doctors and hospitals to perform potentially harmful gender-transition procedures against their conscience and professional medical judgment. This is bad for patients, doctors, and religious liberty. 1/
— Luke Goodrich (@LukeWGoodrich) April 20, 2021
“The Transgender Mandate not only threatens religious doctors and hospitals. It also threatens patients, as there is ample evidence that certain gender transition procedures can be deeply harmful,” he also noted.
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