US District Judge Reed O'Connor of Texas had issued a temporary injunction that would cease the implementation of law that grants transgenders antidiscrimination protection.
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is a reform in the health care industry with functions as the name suggests. But recent reports stated that O'Connor doesn't appear to support transgender surgeries and women's access to abortion. A lawsuit against the government were filed by five states and Christian-affiliated groups.
As reported by The Hill, the states of Kentucky, Kansas, Nebraska, Texas and Wisconsin, along with religious affiliated groups (the Franciscan Alliance, Specialty Physicians of Illinois, and the Christian Medical and Dental Associations), joined forces to remove the regulation that allow transgenders access to require doctors to perform surgeries and other women abortion-related issues.
Judge O'Connor issued the injunction last Saturday, a day before the rule was to take place. He was also the same judge last August who overthrew Obamacare's nationwide rule of letting transgenders to use comfort rooms and locker rooms in public schools with whatever gender they identify.
The order argued, "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 Jan. 1, 2017."
Plaintiffs said that non-discrimination of gender identity and the termination of pregnancy infringe the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Meanwhile, the religious groups stated on Pink News that the rule would force doctors to perform abortion and gender transition operations on children against their faith.
White House spokesperson Katie Hill said, as Buzz Feed reported, that the Obamacare policy that aims for anti-discrimination of race, color, age, national origin, and even disability will be appealed at the court. Along with people with limited English proficiency and other sex discrimination issues, she stated that the protection under the provision will be still enforced to its full extent by the order of the court.
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