Christian doctors defeat Biden’s transgender mandate

Christian doctors in the United States have won the case against Joe Biden’s administration which mandated them to carry out transgender procedures and abortions which goes against their faith.

Christian Headlines reported that the government has also chosen not to appeal the court case, which was decided in August. According to the ruling, the government’s mandate violates the religious beliefs of the doctors.

The Biden administration had argued with Section 1557 of the 2010 Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), which prohibits discrimination in health care on the basis of sex. In addition, it said that that section of the constitution bans discrimination on gender identity.

In August 2022, the Christian Medical and Dental Society, the Franciscan Alliance, and other organizations, brought a suit to a district court against the Biden administration over laws that affect their religious rights. Recently, the U.S Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals also upheld the decision of the district court.

The Fifth circuit decision said, “We have recognized that the loss of freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment and other federal laws all constitute per se irreparable harm.”

The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty represented Franciscan Alliance. An attorney with Becket, Luke Goodrich, celebrated the ruling of the court and the decision of the Biden administration to seek an appeal.

He wrote on Twitter, “Great news! The Biden administration transgender mandate – requiring doctors and hospitals to perform gender transitions against conscience and best medical judgment – has been struck down. And the Admin has declined to appeal to #SCOTUS – meaning this win is final.

“The Obama administration issued the mandate six years ago and tried to apply it to virtually every doctor nationwide. It would have required doctors to perform gender transitions on any patient, including children. The medical professionals that challenged the mandate happily serve all patients, regardless of sex or gender identity. But they can’t perform these procedures, which are widely disputed in the medical community.”

Goodrich also added that a similar case is pending in the Eighth Circuit.

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