Federal Court Blocks Biden Rule Forcing Christian Doctors to Perform Sex Change Operations

Federal appeals court permanently blocks rule from Biden admin’s Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) requiring religious doctors to violate their beliefs to perform sex change surgeries.

From Daily Caller:

The eighth circuit’s decision comes months after the fifth circuit issued an opinion in August 2022 in Texas that struck down a reading of the Affordable Care Act which would require every doctor to provide sex change surgeries regardless of religious conviction. Friday’s decision affirmed this August opinion.

“We agree with these courts and therefore conclude that the district court correctly held that ‘intrusion upon the Catholic Plaintiffs’ exercise of religion is sufficient to show irreparable harm,'” the eight circuit wrote in its decision.

“The federal government has no business forcing doctors to violate their consciences or perform controversial procedures that could permanently harm their patients,” Luke Goodrich, VP and senior counsel at Becket Law, who represented the plaintiffs in the case, said in a press release.

Goodrich added that the ruling would establish a precedent in favor of religious liberty for future cases involving the issue of doctors performing sex change surgeries.