Texas federal judge complies with religious right and stops transgender health protections


A federal judge in Texas has ordered a court order barring anti-discrimination protections under the Affordable Care Act to transgender health and abortion related services.

The injunction was approved Saturday, just one day before the new policy was to take effect.

During the trial, the plaintiffs argued that a federal regulation prohibiting discrimination against transgender people in certain health programs would force medical doctors to perform and provide insurance coverage for gender transitions and abortions, even though it is contrary to their religious beliefs or medical judgment.

Defying the broadly accepted interpretation in the courts of "sex" to include transgender people, O'Connor writes Congress couldn't have meant to include transgender people by barring gender discrimination in the Affordable Care Act because lawmakers spelled out both "sex" and "gender identity" as protected classes in the Matthew Shepard & James Byrd Jr. Similar to the Left's successful move to utterly redefine the term "marriage" to include same-sex unions, Obama's Department of Health and Human Services has sought to apply similar tactics in its "Social Justiceā„¢" crusade to redefine gender.

Unless, of course, it's a constitutional right or a doctor's "best medical judgment" he doesn't agree with, like the right to marriage equality or reproductive decisions.

O'Connor is the same trial court judge assigned to a lawsuit brought by several states, again led by Texas, challenging the Obama administration's transgender protections in schools provided under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.

"[It] would force many doctors, hospitals and other health care providers in Texas to participate in sex-reassignment surgeries and treatments", said Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton. The ruling was hailed by conservatives as a victory for religious freedom.

The ruling came after the plaintiffs, made up of Texas, seven other states and three Christian healthcare groups challenged the new laws.

Over the last two years, Federal District Court judges in [Texas] have chipped away at Mr. Obama's legacy by striking down or suspending no fewer than five regulations, executive orders or actions, and guidelines, including an action that would have allowed illegal immigrants who are parents of United States citizens to remain in the country, and guidance that would have expanded restroom access for transgender students. The firm is also known as Becket Law.

"The order does not change the fact that federal law bans gender-based discrimination", Keisling said. They argued that instead it clarifies that health care providers can not deny services or insurance to someone only because that person is transgender.

A federal judge has issued an injunction against a rule barring anti-trans discrimination in health care.