Another court decision concerning Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act has been made in the conflict involving Christians and national government requirements for medical care.
In a major ruling, the court upholds religious groups’ freedom in health care decisions despite efforts from the Biden administration to compel activities that Christians view as immoral.
Healthcare programs receiving federal funding are not allowed to discriminate against patients on the grounds 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 reportedly issued a mandate in May 2016 “requiring that virtually every healthcare provider in the country be willing to perform and provide insurance coverage for gender-transition procedures,” according to the religious liberty organization Becket, which represented the plaintiffs in this case.
“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,” according to the Becket statement. Nearly 20,000 medical professionals from eight different states and two religious hospitals challenged the requirement in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas.
The Becket lawyer emphasized how the Biden administration’s “attempt to force doctors to go against their consciences was bad for patients, bad for doctors, and bad for religious liberty,” noting the numerous ethical issues with the agenda the government is attempting to mandate.
Now that the Biden administration’s leftist medical agenda has suffered a serious setback, Christian physicians and religious hospitals are no longer required to execute sex change genital mutilation, and abortions against their better judgment and conscience.
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.
More on this story via The Republic Brief:
This is the latest in the saga of religious freedom in regard to medial care and practices.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit affirmed an August opinion issued by the Fifth Circuit, which struck down the interpretation of Section 1557. In that instance, the district court blocked the transsexual mandate in 2021, permanently enjoining the HHS from enforcing the “successfully challenged” Section 1557 interpretations against the Catholic plaintiffs. CONTINUE READING…