Court rules Catholic healthcare providers cannot be be forced to perform gender-affirming surgeries

A federal court has ruled against the Biden administration, saying that Catholic hospitals and doctors can’t be forced to cover or perform gender transition surgeries, as was required under ObamaCare.

ObamaCare bans sex discrimination by health care providers which receive federal funding. Refusing to perform a gender-affirming surgery was classified as discrimination by the Department of Health and Human Services.

In the Friday ruling, the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously found the HHS violated the religious beliefs of the plaintiffs, which included the Religious Sisters of Mercy and the Catholic Benefit Association.

The plaintiffs argued that the rule “forces healthcare professionals to violate their medical judgment, it also forces them to violate their deeply held religious beliefs.”

The three-judge panel ruled that the HHS specifically violated the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The court upheld a previous injunction preventing the HHS from enforcing the rule.

The plantiffs were represented by Becket Law, a D.C. group that is dedicated to preserving religious freedom.

Speaking on behalf of the group, Becket’s senior counsel Luke Goodrich said after the court ruling: “Today’s victory sets an important precedent that religious healthcare professionals are free to practice medicine in accordance with their consciences and experienced professional judgment.”

He added, “The government’s attempt to force doctors to go against their consciences was bad for patients, bad for doctors, and bad for religious liberty.”




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