The Biden administration's socialist medical agenda has suffered a huge setback thanks to a federal court ruling that spares Christian physicians and religious hospitals from being forced to execute sex change mutilations and abortions against their better judgment and conscience.
According to a report by The Blaze, the Obamacare requirement requiring the facilitation of sex changes was found to have caused "irreparable harm" to the plaintiffs' "exercise of religion," according to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, which concurred with the district court's conclusion.
In the end, the court ruled that the transgender mandate was unconstitutional and gave a group of Catholic medical experts a permanent injunction.
They won't be subject to millions of dollars in fines anymore for maintaining their moral integrity.
The Fifth Circuit's August decision to invalidate a reading of Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act was upheld by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. Healthcare programs receiving federal funding are not allowed to discriminate against patients on the basis of sex under Section 1557.
According to a story in The National Review, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) recently expanded the definition of sex discrimination in the statute to include prejudice based on "termination of pregnancy" and "gender identity."
The federal government enacted a requirement in May 2016 "requiring that almost every healthcare practitioner in the country be willing to perform and offer insurance coverage for gender-transition procedures," according to the religious liberty organization Becket, which represented the plaintiffs.
"The mandate made no exception for providers who believe those procedures to be harmful or object to them on religious grounds, and it applied to all patients, including children," said the Becket summary.
The mandate was contested in the US by two religious hospitals, nearly 20,000 medical professionals, and eight states. Texas's Northern District District Court.
The district court stopped the HHS from applying the "successfully challenged" Section 1557 interpretations against the Catholic plaintiffs in 2021 and permanently enjoined them from doing so. The HHS, led by Secretary Xavier Becerra, a Biden nominee, filed an appeal.
Doctors cannot be forced to execute or insure sex change mutilations in violation of their conscience and professional judgment, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously ruled in August 2022.
The Fifth Circuit court also stated the "loss of freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment, [the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act], and [the Religious Freedom Restoration Act] all constitute per se irreparable harm."
The Biden administration appealed to the Eight Circuit, where the matter was heard by Circuit Judges Raymond Gruender and Jonathan Kobes in addition to Chief Judge Lavenski R. Smith. The Eighth Circuit upheld doctors' right to practice their religion by siding with the trial court and permanently blocking the transgender mutilation mandate.
The Biden administration's assertion that it "has not to date evaluated" whether it would apply Section 1557 to Christian medical practitioners was itself a confession that it might do so, especially after the HHS vowed "robust enforcement of Section 1557," the court further emphasized.