Court Reviews HHS Order Mandating Doctors to Perform Transition Surgeries

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments Thursday in a case involving whether the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) can mandate doctors to perform gender-transition surgeries on willing patients — regardless of the physicians’ religious principles.

The Biden administration wants the federal appeals court to drop a lower-court order which protects Christian doctors from conducting transition procedures under the Affordable Care Act.

The Washington Examiner reports that nearly 20,000 religious physicians are challenging the Biden administration’s legal efforts to establish gender identity as a protected category of anti-discrimination laws.

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