Jan 04 2017
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 Justice™" crusade to redefine gender.
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.
Jan 03 2017
New clues point to what caused SpaceX rocket explosion
In the end, SpaceX identified a number of possible causes for the failure, all of which involved the pooled oxygen scenario. Their return would be historic after the September mishap, and would improve the company's reputation among its clients.
Jan 02 2017
At least 20 killed as ferry catches fires in Indonesia
The craft was heading to islands north of the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, when it caught fire with around 230 people on board. In addition to the dead, more than a dozen people were injured and more than a dozen are missing, officials said.
Jan 01 2017
NYS Minimum Wage Increases To Begin Saturday
The minimum wage will go up in 20 states come January 1st which means 4.4 million workers will get raises. Arizona , California , Connecticut , and Vermont will all be between $10 and $10.50 per hour on Sunday.
Jan 01 2017
Some Snow Showers Expected for Last Day of 2016
Valley areas are starting out in the low to mid 30's early this morning, and in the teens to 20's in most mountain areas. We'll keep an eye on that but it doesn't appear to be a major problem for us for the New Year's Eve festivities.
Jan 01 2017
UGA defeats TCU in Liberty Bowl, Kirby Smart gets first bowl victory
Georgia last played in the Liberty Bowl in 2010 with a 10-6 loss to UCF and has played in the bowl three times overall (1-2). At the end of the day, we were able to run the ball when we had to run the ball and they knew we had to run the ball.
Dec 31 2016
State parks offer First Day Hikes
On New Year's Day, it will join other state park systems throughout the country in First Day Hikes . Following the hike, participants are invited to enjoy refreshments at Three Forks Nature Center.
Dec 30 2016
Tim Cook - Apple AirPods are a 'runaway success'
There have been concerns about the Charging Case for the device, as well; but there are more considerable positives as many say. The AirPods are wireless earphones that Apple introduced as part of its plan to unceremoniously dump the 3.5mm headphone jack.
Dec 30 2016
Baylor WR KD Cannon declares for National Football League draft
Boise State (10-3) quarterback Brett Rypien threw two interceptions, both of which were thrown inside the Bears' 10-yard line. Boise State was expected to roll in this game, as it entered Tuesday night as seven-point favorites, according to OddsShark .
Dec 29 2016
Virginia State Parks offering free guided New Year's Day hikes
The free, guided hikes will be hosted by Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation friends groups and park staff. The Division of Parks and Forestry manages almost 450,000 acres, including 40 state parks and 11 state forests.
Dec 28 2016
Watership Down Author Richard Adams Dies At Age 96
Watership Down is a classic children's novel about group of rabbits that are in search of a new home after theirs was destroyed. Adams, who was born in Newbury in May 1920, passed away on Christmas Eve, his daughter confirmed today (December 27).
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Dec 30 2016Tigers and Buckeyes babies gear up for Fiesta Bowl
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Dec 30 20163 to 5 inches of rain expected over New Year's weekend
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Dec 29 2016Carr goes down, and so do Raiders in National Football League power rankings roundup
Jan 03 2017Buckeye Malik Hooker declares for National Football League draft
Jan 03 2017Recycle your Christmas tree for free this week
Jan 03 2017Trump seems to rule out meeting with Taiwan president
Jan 02 2017Mariah Carey drops diva response to her horrendous New Year's Eve performance
Dec 31 2016Rumour has it: Adele may have secretly gotten married
Dec 30 2016Sony promises "amazing software" next year
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Dec 29 2016New images from Alien: Covenant released
Dec 29 2016Redknapp open to Swans job
Dec 29 2016An Apple iPhone with 2 cameras is reportedly in the works
Dec 29 2016Earthquake: Magnitude 4.1 quake strikes near Morongo Valley
Dec 28 2016Heart Attacks Spike During Christmas And Holidays