New Lawsuit Claims Healthcare Professionals Should Have Religious Exemptions When Caring For Transgender Individuals

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Texas and four other states filed suit against the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on Tuesday, claiming that healthcare professionals should be able to deny transgender individuals necessary medical care if it violates their religious beliefs. This is the second lawsuit brought by Texas that directly attacks the rights of the transgender community.

From Buzzfeed:

The new lawsuit...alleges that a regulation under the ACA similarly “redefines ‘sex’ to include ‘an individual’s internal sense of gender, which may be male, female, neither, or a combination of male and female, and which may be different from an individual’s sex assigned at birth.’”

The HHS regulation, the lawsuit alleges, “not only forces healthcare professionals to violate their medical judgment, it also forces them to violate their deeply held religious beliefs.”

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