The Biden Admin Declines to Appeal ‘Transgender’ Mandate Loss to Religious Health Care Group

Luke Goodrich, vice president and senior counsel at Becket Law, has announced some good news for the firm’s clients, the Franciscan Alliance of medical professionals and others, who oppose participating in procedures that involve abortion and gender “transitioning.”

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) adopted a rule in 2016 to carry out a provision in the so-called Affordable Care Act (ACA) to bar discrimination based on race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability in any health program or activity that receives federal financial assistance.

The administration redefined “on the basis of sex” to include “gender identity” and “termination of pregnancy.” Congress has not amended the federal law.

The Franciscan Alliance and others sued the Biden administration. Two federal courts blocked the enforcement of the mandate against the Franciscan Alliance.

That’s good news. But better than that: the Biden administration will not appeal the decisions to the U.S. Supreme Court, “meaning this win is FINAL,” Goodrich wrote.

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