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JUST IN: Court Rules Catholic Hospitals Can’t Be Forced to Provide Transgender Surgeries

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The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Biden administration cannot force a group of Catholic hospitals and doctors to perform transgender surgeries, Reuters reported.

On Friday, the court’s three judges found that the Department of Health and Human Services violated the Religious Freedom Restoration Act when it attempted to force Sisters of Mercy, the University of Mary, and the SMP Health System to perform the surgeries. The Biden Administration clearly knows the law and seeing that President Biden is a Catholic, or so he claims, they blatantly disregarded both religious faith and the Constitution regarding this.

According to Newsmax, the HHS had argued Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act, which bars sexual discrimination, should be enforced on Catholic groups — the same section used as a basis for August’s abortion case.

But last year, federal District Court Judge Peter D. Welte ruled in favor of North Dakota and the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty’s lawsuit on behalf of the Catholic groups, prompting the Biden administration’s Eighth Circuit appeal.

“The federal government has no business forcing doctors to violate their consciences or perform controversial procedures that could permanently harm their patients,” Becket Fund for Religious Liberty Vice President and Senior Counsel Luke Goodrich stated.

“This is a common-sense ruling that protects patients, aligns with best medical practice, and ensures doctors can follow their Hippocratic Oath to ‘do no harm,'” he added.

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