The Catholic Medical Association, representing more than 3,000 health care professionals, sued the Biden administration over an Executive Order requiring physicians to perform transgender procedures in violation of their religious beliefs or medical judgment.
Along with Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) attorneys representing the American College of Pediatricians, the Catholic Medical Association filed suit against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services over an Executive Order reinterpreting Section 1557 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Biden’s Executive Order directed that Section 1157 and Title IX be reinterpreted to include the notions of “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” in the definition of “sex” under the law. Under the new interpretation, objections to treating children with gender-related therapies would be considered discrimination.
“The law and the medical profession have long recognized and respected the biological differences between boys and girls and the unique needs they each present in health care. Forcing doctors to prescribe transition hormones for 13-year-olds or perform life-altering surgeries on adolescents is unlawful, unethical, and dangerous,” ADF Senior Advisor Ryan Bangert said in a statement. “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.”
Bangert said that his clients legitimately oppose on medical, ethical, religious and conscientious grounds this “illegal mandate” by the government to provide gender transition procedures to minors.
For her part, ADF Senior Counsel Julie Marie Blake said that “Doctors should never be forced to perform a controversial and often medically dangerous procedure that goes against their best judgment, their conscience, or their religion, especially when it involves vulnerable children experiencing mental and emotional confusion.”
“To force doctors to engage in experimental medicine that poses a risk to patients—or face huge financial penalties, withdrawal of federal funding, or removal of their ability to practice medicine—is an extreme violation of doctors’ constitutional rights and certainly not in the best interest of the patients they serve,” she concluded.