The Obama administration took an incredible hit this weekend when a federal judge in Texas blocked the one of its mandates one day before it was set to go into effect.
U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor on Saturday granted Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton an injunction to block new federal health rules that would require taxpayers to fund transgender reassignment surgeries and abortions, reported Breitbart.
The Employees Retirement System of Texas was scheduled to modify its insurance coverage to provide for gender reassignment and abortion on Jan.1, 2017, in accordance with Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act, better known as “Obamacare,” which prohibits “sex” discrimination while providing health care.
The lawsuit was brought by the Franciscan Alliance, a religious health care network that operates 14 hospitals, including Texas, The Washington Times reported.
The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty represented the Franciscan Alliance, and argued that the medical judgment of doctors should determine the treatment a patient receives, rather than a government decree.
Judge O’Connor agreed, and added that the Department of Health and Human Services lacked a basis for interpreting the Affordable Care Act’s prohibition against “sex” discrimination, which included “gender identity” and “termination of pregnancy,” according to The Times.
O’Connor also blocked President Barack Obama’s order that forced public schools to permit bathroom and locker room access based on “gender identity” rather than physical sex.
Paxton said that the mandate was an example of federal overreach that would force many doctors, hospitals and other health care providers to take part in in gender-reassignment treatments, even if it violated their “best medical judgment or their religious beliefs,” Paxton said, according to KPRC.
“I will always fight to protect the constitutional rights of Texans,” he added.
Good for him. He’s right to help doctors fight for their freedom from an overreaching government.
This block is a win for conservatives, as taxpayer dollars shouldn’t be funding these kinds of procedures.
Additionally, research indicates that gender reassignment procedures are harmful to young people. Research by Dr. Lawremce S. Mayer and Dr. Paul R. McHugh, reported on The New Atlantis website, suggested that gender-change therapy may inflict irreversible damage, according to One News Now.
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