WASHINGTON, April 22, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — The Biden administration on Tuesday sued to force doctors and hospitals to perform transgender surgeries, regardless of religious or conscientious objections.
The lawsuit was filed by Secretary Xavier Becerra of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and attempts to overturn a recent court ruling against the Obama-Biden administration’s “transgender mandate.” The Sisters of Mercy, a Michigan-based order of Catholic religious sisters, are listed as defendants in the case, making this Becerra’s second attack against Catholic nuns.
The transgender mandate, promulgated in 2016, required doctors and hospitals to perform “sex change” surgeries on any patient, regardless of age, upon the referral of a mental health professional. Several religious organizations, nine states, and an association of more than 19,000 healthcare professionals have challenged the rule in two federal courts.
The mandate was struck down in both cases, most recently by a North Dakota Eastern Division court, which held this year that it illegally “violates [healthcare providers’] sincerely held religious beliefs.” HHS appealed that decision on Tuesday, according to court filings.
“This is bad for patients, doctors, and religious liberty,” Luke Goodrich, Becket Fund senior counsel, said about the Biden administration’s appeal.
“The Biden Admin says it can punish doctors and hospitals for ‘sex discrimination’ unless they perform controversial gender-transition procedures,” he added. “The Transgender Mandate not only threatens religious doctors and hospitals. It also threatens patients, as there is ample evidence that certain gender transition procedures can be deeply harmful.”
The appeal is the latest of many radical assaults on religious freedom launched by the Biden administration in recent weeks.
Since January, the White House has terminated President Donald Trump’s inalienable rights commission, forced taxpayers to fund transgender surgeries and abortion, and mandated gender-confused children’s access to bathrooms and sports teams for the opposite sex. The Biden White House also has vowed to pass the Equality Act, which would codify abortion “rights” and require that Christian institutions hire active homosexuals and transgenders.
Tuesday’s appeal makes good on Biden’s threat to crack down on Catholic nuns who insist on their constitutional religious liberties. When the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Little Sisters of the Poor last year, upholding a Trump administration rule exempting them from the abortifacient coverage requirement of Obamacare, Biden said he was “disappointed.”
“If elected, I will restore the Obama-Biden policy that existed before the Hobby Lobby ruling,” he said, referring to a 2014 Supreme Court decision that initially exempted religious groups from covering contraception and abortion pills under the Affordable Care Act.
As the attorney general of California, Xavier Becerra had led another suit against the Little of Sisters of the Poor, an order of nuns devoted to caring for the elderly poor. Becerra also spearheaded the baseless prosecution of pro-life activist David Daleiden after Daleiden exposed aborted baby body trafficking at Planned Parenthood centers. The prosecution of Daleiden was initiated by Becerra’s predecessor, now-Vice President Kamala Harris, who has also consistently attacked nuns.
House Democrats, in a strict party-line vote, recently passed legislation to conduct a massive federal overhaul of America’s elections and voting protocols, making the inconsistency, confusion, and funny business that plagued 2020 the new, permanent norm in our country.
The bill is called H.R. 1 (also known, ironically, as the “For the People” Act), and, if passed by the Democrat-controlled Senate, will mark the beginning of a once-in-a-generation transfer of power from the people of our country to its politicians.
That’s we must act NOW, and implore our U.S. Senators to vote against this dangerous legislation when it comes before them for a vote.
Please SIGN and SHARE this urgent petition asking all U.S. Senators to oppose H.R. 1 as a matter of national importance.
Democrat sponsors have attempted to promote H.R. 1 as a bill to expand voting rights in America, but, in reality, it is the exact opposite.
Among the 791-page bill’s provisions are the following:
- Transfer of control over congressional elections from state governments to the federal government, even though the Constitution explicitly states that such authority belongs solely to states.
- Automatic voter registration, which would require every state to add all eligible citizens to their voting rolls (unless they manually opt out) under the law. This would, additionally, shield illegal aliens who are automatically registered to vote from prosecution, without making an affirmative declaration about the status of their citizenship.
- Mandatory early voting in all 50 states for at least 15 days prior to an actual election, as well as unlimited ballot harvesting and a 10-day deadline extension past an election for mail-in ballots to be received and processed.
- Mandatory, nationwide mail-in voting, without any requirement that individuals provide a form of personal identification upon applying for their mail-in ballot. This would also require that those individuals who request a mail-in ballot be automatically registered to receive mail-in ballots in every election to follow.
- Transfer of control over drawing congressional district maps from each individual state’s legislature to “independent” commissions – another power reserved, in the Constitution, for states specifically.
- Federal funding of campaigns, which would use taxpayer dollars to match campaign contributions made by Americans citizens to candidates for federal office at a rate of 600% (you read that right – your money, being used to fund campaigns and candidates you may not support, nor even have the chance to actually to vote for).
And, that's just the tip of the iceberg.
If H.R. 1 passes the Senate and goes to Joe Biden’s desk, the American people may never participate in a free, open, and fair election ever again.
It is, therefore, imperative that we act to save our Republic from this disastrous legislation NOW.
Please SIGN and SHARE this urgent petition which urges all U.S. Senators to oppose the anti-democratic piece of legislation, H.R. 1, today.
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FOR MORE INFORMATION:
'Here’s the anti-people agenda of HR 1 on election reform' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/opinion/heres-the-anti-people-agenda-of-hr-1-on-election-reform
'Democrats’ horrifying ‘For the People’ Act would supercharge vote fraud, end America' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/blogs/democrats-horrifying-for-the-people-act-would-supercharge-vote-fraud-end-america
'The Democrats’ ‘For the People’ Act would make it impossible to hold free and fair elections in America' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/opinion/democrats-are-pushing-the-for-the-people-act-in-attempt-to-make-impossible-to-hold-free-and-fair-elections-in-america
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Self-proclaimed Catholic Joe Biden and his administration have been regularly excoriated by U.S. bishops for their anti-life, anti-Catholic extremism. “I must point out that our new President has pledged to pursue certain policies that would advance moral evils and threaten human life and dignity,” USCCB president Archbishop José Gómez wrote in a letter published on Inauguration Day and publicly backed by over a dozen prelates.
Days later, USCCB committee chairmen Archbishop Joseph Naumann and Archbishop David Malloy slammed the Biden administration’s gutting of President Trump’s abortion spending cuts as “grievous” and “antithetical to reason.”
Without naming Biden directly, Cardinal Raymond Burke earlier this month called out pro-abortion politicians as “apostates” who suffer automatic excommunication. Bishop Joseph Strickland of Tyler, Texas, affirmed that Cardinal Burke was “teaching the truth.”