Biden Admin Battling in Court to Force Pediatricians to Perform Trans Surgeries on Kids

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The extent to which the federal government can force doctors to violate their beliefs in the name of LGBT politics is being fought out in the Tennessee-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit.

A 2021 Executive Order from President Joe Biden sought to equate gender identity and biology when it comes to the legalities around discrimination. That means a doctor believing boys are born boys and girls are born girls could be forced to provide gender transition drugs, treatments and surgeries on pain of facing a lawsuit alleging discrimination.

The American College of Pediatricians, Catholic Medical Associates, and an OB-GYN doctor whose care focus is adolescents sued to block enforcement.

“This case challenges whether the federal government can make medical doctors perform gender-transition surgeries, prescribe gender-transition drugs, and speak and write about patients according to gender identity, rather than biological reality—regardless of doctors’ medical judgment or conscientious objections,” the group, which is represented by the Alliance Defending Freedom, said in its complaint.

“Under the government’s overreaching interpretation, doctors now face an untenable choice: either act against their medical judgment and deeply held convictions by performing controversial and often medically dangerous gender-transition interventions, or succumb to huge financial penalties, lose participation in Medicaid and other federal funding, and, as a practical matter, lose the ability to practice medicine in virtually any setting,” the complaint said.

“Doctors should never be forced to perform a controversial and medically dangerous procedure that goes against their best judgment, their conscience, or their religion, especially when it involves vulnerable children,” ADF Senior Counsel Chris Schandevel said in a statement, according to CBN.

“President Biden’s Health and Human Services department is grossly overreaching its authority and, in so doing, putting children’s psychological and physical health in danger. Our clients are rightfully objecting on medical, ethical, religious, and conscientious grounds to this unlawful government mandate,” he said.

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