Biden transgender health mandate blocked by federal court
From Johnny@21:1/5 to All on Tue May 17 11:38:24 2022
By Tyler O'Neil
Published May 17, 2022
A federal district court Monday temporarily blocked the enforcement of
two Biden administration mandates forcing both nonprofit and for-profit religious employers and health care providers to pay for and perform transgender medical procedures and counseling even if these measures
violate the employers' or providers' religious beliefs.
District Judge Daniel M. Traynor of the U.S. District Court of North
Dakota ruled that the Christian Employers Alliance "has shown a
likelihood of success on the merits" in its case.
"No government agency ought to be in the business of evaluating the
sincerity of another’s religious beliefs," Traynor wrote.
"HHS Guidance encourages a parent to file a complaint if a medical
provider refuses to gender transition their child, of any age,
including an infant," the judge noted. "The thought that a newborn
child could be surgically altered to change gender is the result of the
Biden HHS Notification and HHS Guidance that brands a medical
professional’s refusal to do so as discrimination. Indeed, the HHS
Guidance specifically invites the public to file complaints for acting
in a manner the Alliance says is consistent with their sincerely held
"Beyond the religious implications, the Biden HHS Notification and
resulting HHS Guidance frustrate the proper care of gender dysphoria,
where even among adults who experience the condition, a diagnosis
occurs following the considered involvement of medical professionals,"
the judge added. "By branding the consideration as ‘discrimination,’
the HHS prohibits the medical profession from evaluating what is best
for the patient in what is certainly a complex mental health question."