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New Biden Rule Will 'Punish' Christian Doctors Who Don't Perform Transgender Surgery, Attorney Says

Christian Headlines - On Monday, the Biden administration announced it is reversing a Trump-era policy that advocates say protected the religious liberty of Christian doctors in disputes over transgender medical procedures.

At issue is a portion of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex within health care. That section (Section 1557) was interpreted by the Trump administration to refer to "male or female and as determined by biology." Multiple faith-based organizations, including the Christian Medical and Dental Associations, supported the Trump rule and said it protected religious liberty. The Trump administration itself said the rule offered "conscience and religious freedom protections."

But the Biden administration on Monday said it would interpret Section 1577 to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. The latter term encompasses transgenderism. Enforcement of the new rule is effective immediately.

"Fear of discrimination can lead individuals to forgo care, which can have serious negative health consequences," said Xavier Becerra, secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.

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