Texas Attorney General Blocks Transgender Surgery Rule

The Texas Attorney General has won a nationwide injunction to block a new ObamaCare mandate that required taxpayers to fund transgender reassignment surgeries and abortions.

A new ObamaCare rule that would have been effective January 1st, 2017, defined the term “sex”  to include a state of mind, not a biological fact, and would have allowed transgender surgeries to be paid for by taxpayer dollars.

According to Breitbart, Saturday “a federal district court judge granted Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s request to stop the Obama administration’s new federal health rules that would force the Employees Retirement System of Texas to amend its insurance coverage to provide for gender reassignment and abortion. There are 500,000 employees that participate in the coverage.”

The new definition of “sex” was implemented in July by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The Texas Attorney General, Ken Paxton, stated on Sunday, “The Obama administration is attempting to redefine the law so that the term ‘sex’ means one’s ‘internal sense of gender which may be male, female, neither, or a combination of male and female,’ even though the president lacks the authority to rewrite the law.”

The new rule affecting state and health care workers could be problematic because it forces doctors and medical workers to provide sex transition services which may go against their medical judgment or religious beliefs.

AG Paxton postulated that if a health care doctor or worker chooses to refer a patient to another medical provider, they would be in violation of the new rule unilaterally implemented by the Obama administration.

Paxton said, “This runs roughshod over laws in Texas and other states that protect the independent medical judgment of doctors, which ensures the integrity of the doctor-patient relationship.”

AG Paxton concluded his statement by stating, “This striking example of federal overreach under ObamaCare would force many doctors, hospitals and other health care providers in Texas to participate in sex-reassignment surgeries and treatments, even if it violates their best medical judgment or their religious beliefs. I will always fight to protect the constitutional rights of Texans.”

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