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Clinics Sue Feds over Order to perform Gender Transitions (general)

by AC @, Sunday, November 20, 2016, 11:09

Clinics Sue Feds over Order to perform Gender Transitions

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CLINICS SUE FEDS OVER ORDER TO PERFORM GENDER TRANSITIONS
'No doctor should be forced to perform a procedure that he or she believes will harm a child'
by BOB UNRUH

A number of health clinics, hospitals and a university have joined the state of North Dakota in a lawsuit against a new federal regulation that demands that doctors – all of the estimated 900,000 in America – be ready, willing and able to perform gender-transition procedures on children.

That’s even if the physician believes such treatment could harm the child.

The federal regulation, announced earlier this year, is the target of a lawsuit filed by the clients of the Becket Fund.

“No doctor should be forced to perform a procedure that he or she believes will harm a child,” said Lori Windham, a senior counsel for the group. “Decisions on a child’s medical treatment should be between families and their doctors, not dictated by politicians and government bureaucrats.”

The lawsuit is on behalf of the Religious Sisters of Mercy, Sacred Heart Mercy Health Care Center in Jackson, Minnesota; Sacred Heart Mercy Health Care Center in Alma, Mississippi; SMP Health System; the University of Mary; and North Dakota.

Defendants are HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell and the federal agency.

The complaint alleges the demand is invalid under the Administrative Procedures Act, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and the U.S. Constitution’s First, Fifth and 14th Amendments. It seeks a permanent injunction against the regulation as well as damages and costs.

Becket argues the government ”does not require Medicare and Medicaid to cover these same procedures, because Health & Human Services’ (HHS) own medical experts found the risks were often too high and benefits too unclear.”

“Yet any private doctor who made the same decision about the risks would be in violation of the new mandate and face potential lawsuits or job loss.”

The group cites research showing that up to 94 percent of children with “gender dysphoria” will “grow out of their dysphoria naturally and will not need surgery or lifelong hormone regiments.”

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