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 Court of Appeals is the second circuit to block the warrant, after the Fifth Circuit ruled similarly earlier this year in Franciscan Alliance c. Becerra. The plaintiffs, a coalition of Catholic hospitals, a Catholic university and Catholic nuns who run health clinics for the poor, were represented by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty.
“The federal government does not have to force doctors to violate their conscience or perform controversial procedures that could permanently harm their patients,” Becket vice president and senior counsel Luke Goodrich said in a statement. Press release. “This is a common-sense decision that protects patients, aligns with best medical practice, and ensures physicians can follow their Hippocratic oath to ‘do no harm’.”
After inheriting the Obama administration’s mandate, the Biden administration sought to force doctors to perform “gender transition” surgeries – mutilation – and prescribe puberty blockers, transgender hormone drugs and other procedures.
Invoking the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the Biden administration has threatened non-compliant hospitals and doctors with millions of dollars in financial penalties, as it tries to enforce its redefinition of gender discrimination for include gender identity.
The Eighth Circuit upheld the District Court’s original opinion, holding that “the District Court correctly ruled on this ‘intrusion into the Catholic plaintiffs’ exercise of religion’.”
On a Friday afternoon media call, Goodrich said “today’s decision is a huge victory for religious liberty, but not just for religious freedom, but also for common sense and common sense. medical judgement.
The ruling is somewhat narrow, in that only parties to cases are protected by the permanent injunction. Despite this, the rulings set a strong precedent for other physicians to obtain similar protections in the future.
“Today’s victory sets an important precedent that religious medical professionals are free to practice medicine in accordance with their conscience and experienced professional judgment,” Goodrich said. “The government’s attempt to force doctors to go against their conscience was bad for patients, bad for doctors and bad for religious freedom.”
The Biden administration has 45 days to ask a full panel of Eighth Circuit judges to rehear the case or 90 days to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Goodrich said on the call that he doubts the Biden administration will move forward with an appeal.
The case is Sisters of Mercy c. BecerraNo. 21-1890, before the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.
Breccan F. Thies is a reporter for Breitbart News. You can follow him on Twitter @BreccanFThies.