The Biden administration received some bad news from the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas on Monday after a ruling was handed down that they could not require doctors and faith-based hospitals to perform abortions and transgender surgeries.
According to a report in The Washington Times, the court blocked the administration’s mandate that would have ensured that practitioners involve themselves in practices that violate their personal beliefs.
The ruling comes as the Supreme Court of the United States grapples with whether to entertain a similar issue between a Catholic hospital and a transgender individual and a hysterectomy.
The Texas court ruled that the administration cannot required medical professionals or institutions to violate their faith and perform or offer transgender procedures and services.
The Obama administration and the Biden administration mandated providers offer the treatments as part of the Affordable Care Act or face financial fines.
The Franciscan Alliance, which is a network hospital as a network of 20,000 medical professionals argued that the requirement was a violation of the constitutional rights of the medical professionals.
“Christian Plaintiffs contend that violation of their statutory rights … is an irreparable harm,” Judge Reed O’Connor, a George W. Bush appointee, wrote in the 23-page opinion.
“The Court agrees and concludes that enforcement of the 2021 Interpretation forces Christian Plaintiffs to face civil penalties or to perform gender-transition procedures and abortions contrary to their religious beliefs — a quintessential irreparable injury,”