The U.S. Supreme Court’s narrow decisions in certain cases mean that similarly situated individuals and groups must continue to file lawsuits to protect their rights.
For example, a federal court and the high court blocked the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) from enforcing a provision of the Affordable Care Act — which bars discrimination based on race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability in any health program or activity that receives federal financial assistance — against groups of Roman Catholics that filed lawsuits. The courts agreed that forcing the religious groups to provide services that conflicted with their beliefs violates their religious freedom.
Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) filed a lawsuit on behalf of a coalition of groups that oppose the mandate. Pediatricians, Roman Catholic doctors, and an OB-GYN who specializes in adolescent care have asked a court to block enforcement of the Biden administration’s ‘transition’ mandate for patients, including children.
The plaintiffs say the mandate doesn’t take into account “a doctor’s medical judgment, religious beliefs, or conscientious objection.”An excerpt:
“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,” said ADF Senior Counsel Julie Marie Blake. “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.”
The groups challenging the mandate represent 3,000 doctors and health professionals.
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