Whoa… how incredibly refreshing that a Texas Judge has actually taken the religious freedom of doctors into consideration as he issued a nationwide injunction. This ban stopped the Obama administration in their tracks from protecting transgender and abortion-related services. YAY! SCORE for team Conservatives.
The Texas Judge, Reed O’Connor, felt the plaintiffs made their case:
The information below was released to the public:
A federal judge in Texas on Saturday issued a nationwide injunction halting enforcement of Obama administration protections for transgender and abortion-related healthcare services just one day before they were due to go into effect.
The lawsuit — brought by Texas, a handful of other states and some religiously affiliated nonprofit medical groups — challenges a regulation implementing the sex nondiscrimination requirement found in the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
The Health and Human Services (HHS) regulation “forbids discriminating on the basis of ‘gender identity’ and ‘termination of pregnancy’” under Obamacare, as US District Court Judge Reed O’Connor wrote in his opinion halting enforcement of those provisions in the rule.
O’Connor described the lawsuit:
“Plaintiffs claim the Rule’s interpretation of sex discrimination pressures doctors to deliver healthcare in a manner that violates their religious freedom and thwarts their independent medical judgment and will require burdensome changes to their health insurance plans on January 1, 2017.”
Liberal states, and nonprofits in the health care lawsuit complain that the regulation violates the Administrative Procedure Act (APA). This act makes the rules for federal government, and for the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA).
Judge O’Connor believed that the plaintiffs had good reason to go forward with the lawsuit because they “have presented concrete evidence to support their fears that they will be subject to enforcement under the Rule.”
Saturday night, the White House defended the administration’s policies.
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