In a Friday verdict, a federal judge overturned a Biden Administration directive that instructed the Department of Health and Human Services to provide access to hormone therapy and sex change operations, including for youngsters.
According to a report by The Daily Caller, A clause of the Affordable Care Act that forbids doctors from discriminating on the basis of sex was interpreted by Biden’s HHS in May 2021 to include sexual orientation and gender identity.
After the HHS took the step, two doctors who were defended by the America First Legal Foundation filed a class action lawsuit.
“As noted above, the ordinary public meaning of ‘sex’ turned on reproductive function when Congress enacted Title IX,” Judge Kacsmaryk, a Trump appointee, wrote. “For an action to occur ‘on the basis of sex,’ biological sex must be the motivating factor.”
The judge claimed that the Biden administration’s interpretation of Title IX to include “gender identity” was incorrect and that it could not be amended unless Congress passed legislation to that effect or the Supreme Court issued a different ruling.
The judge further stated that the intent of Title IX had been subverted by granting sex protections to those who identified with a sex other than their biological sex.
“Defendants’ reinterpretation of Title IX through the Notification imperils the very opportunities for women Title IX was designed to promote and protect — categorically forcing biological women to compete against biological men.”
The use of sex change treatments on adolescents has been outlawed in certain states. The Florida Board of Medicine has decided to outlaw hormones and sex change procedures for children under the age of 18. A bill to outlaw the practices was presented by Tennessee lawmakers on Wednesday.
During last week’s midterm elections the state of California responded to the Supreme Court’s June decision to overturn Roe v. Wade by voting to codify a “right to abortion” in the state constitution.
That’s what’s on your ballot with Prop 1 California.
Abortion up to the time of birth.
VOTE NO. pic.twitter.com/HcRBSzYcJY
— Senator Melissa Melendez (@senatormelendez) November 8, 2022
The New York Times predicts that Prop 1 will pass by 30 points with 41% of the ballots counted. With 46% of the votes counted, NBC News predicts that the new amendment will pass by the same margin.
“Proposition 1 changes the California Constitution to say that the state cannot deny or interfere with a person’s reproductive freedom and that people have the fundamental right to choose,” California’s Legislative Analyst’s office said.