Biden Admin Will Force Hospitals to Provide Sex-Change Procedures
Administration takes action to force transgender medical services or face lawsuits
Democrat Joe Biden's administration has taken action to force hospitals and other medical facilities to offer life-altering sex-change procedures and transgender treatments.
On Monday, the White House restored an Obama-era policy that had been ended by President Donald Trump.
Under the new regulations, hospitals will be required to follow the new far-left policy or face anti-discrimination lawsuits.
The Department of Health and Human Services (DHS) announced that its Office of Civil Rights will interpret and enforce the laws.
The new rules will include sexual orientation and gender identity in laws that prohibit discrimination based on sex, in line with the recent Supreme Court decision in Bostock v. Clayton County.
"The Supreme Court has made clear that people have a right not to be discriminated against on the basis of sex and receive equal treatment under the law, no matter their gender identity or sexual orientation," HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra said.
"That's why today HHS announced it will act on related reports of discrimination," Becerra continued.
"Fear of discrimination can lead individuals to forgo care, which can have serious negative health consequences.
It is the position of the Department of Health and Human Services that everyone — including LGBTQ people — should be able to access health care, free from discrimination or interference, period."
The Supreme Court's 6-3 decision in Bostock established that federal laws, that prohibit sex discrimination in employment, also protect gay and transgender people, according to The Blaze.
Days before that ruling last year, the Trump administration acted to protect the conscience rights of medical professionals who object to transgender or abortion procedures by interpreting "sex" to mean biological sex in health care law.
Trump's policy was a reversal of an Obama-era rule that interpreted the Affordable Care Act to include gay and transgender people as protected classes.
A federal judge blocked the Trump rule from taking effect, but the Trump administration argued that because health care law is a separate matter from employment discrimination law, it still had the power to define "sex" as biological sex in matters related to health care.
Now the Trump rule is officially gone and the Obama-era rule has been reinstated by Joe Biden.
Hospitals, clinics, and other medical providers are once again subject to government sanctions if they deny sex-change surgeries, such as hysterectomies, or hormone treatments to people who identify as transgender, while offering those procedures for other medical conditions.
"The mission of our Department is to enhance the health and well-being of all Americans, no matter their gender identity or sexual orientation," Dr. Rachel Levine, the first transgender person to be confirmed as assistant secretary for health, said.
"All people need access to healthcare services to fix a broken bone, protect their heart health, and screen for cancer risk.
"No one should be discriminated against when seeking medical services because of who they are."
Reacting to the announcement, social conservative groups warned that hospitals and medical professionals could be forced to provide sex-change procedures to anyone who demands one, even children, or face legal action.
"Make no mistake: the policy announced by HHS today is not about 'fix[ing] a broken bone' or 'screen[ing] for cancer risk'," American Principles Project President Terry Schilling said.
"No American was being denied access to these treatments for identifying as 'LGBTQ'.
"Rather, this policy is really about forcing hospitals and medical professionals to adhere to leftist ideology regarding sexuality and gender—and in particular to provide sex-change procedures to all comers, including children."
Matt Bowman, senior counsel at Alliance Defending Freedom, said that Biden's administration is "arbitrarily" redefining "sex" via administrative action.
"This action promotes dangerous procedures for minors, threatens to compel medical professionals to contradict their best medical judgment about what promotes patient health and to violate their oath to 'do no harm,' and threatens to strip professionals of their ability to continue serving vulnerable populations," said Bowman.