The Biden administration recently attempted to redefine gender discrimination to include gender identity.

The move relied on a loose interpretation of a provision in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) which prohibits doctors and medical professionals from discriminating against people on the basis of gender.

The order would have effectively forced doctors to perform gender transition surgeries and give ‘gender-affirming care’ to minors even if it went against their conscience or they believed it was not a sound medical practice.

Hospitals could have faced millions of dollars in financial penalties if they refused to comply with the order.

A coalition of catholic hospitals, educational organizations, and nuns sued the Biden administration, arguing that the order violates medical professionals’ right to free speech and could force them to violate the Hippocratic Oath.

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This week, a federal appeals court permanently blocked the Biden administration’s order.

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A federal appeals court has permanently blocked the Biden administration’s mandate on doctors and hospitals forcing them to perform gender transition procedures against their conscience.

The Eighth Circuit appeals court is the second circuit to block the mandate, after the Fifth Circuit ruled similarly earlier this year in Franciscan Alliance v. Becerra. The plaintiffs, a coalition of Catholic hospitals, a Catholic university, and Catholic nuns who run healthcare clinics for the poor, were represented by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty.

“The federal government has no business forcing doctors to violate their consciences or perform controversial procedures that could permanently harm their patients,” Becket vice president and senior counsel Luke Goodrich said in a press release. “This is a common-sense ruling that protects patients, aligns with best medical practice, and ensures doctors can follow their Hippocratic Oath to ‘do no harm.’”

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