Court Halts Rule Forcing Religious Doctors To Perform Gender Transitions

  • A federal appeals court on Friday halted a rule from the Department of Health and Human Services that would force doctors with conscientious objections to perform gender transition surgeries.
  • In 2016, HHS put forward a rule that determined that religious hospitals were subject to non-discrimination provisions under the Affordable Care Act and that would require them to perform gender transitions.
  • That mandate would require doctors to perform such surgeries on any patient, including minors, even should the physician believe the procedure would harm the patient.
  • A coalition of Catholic hospitals, along with other organizations connected to the Roman Catholic faith, sued the administration on grounds that the mandate would force them to violate their religious beliefs.
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