Medical professionals are suing President Joe Biden’s administration over a mandate that requires doctors to perform transgender surgery contrary to their religious beliefs or medical judgment.
Represented by the Alliance Defending Freedom, the American College of Pediatricians, the Catholic Medical Association and an OB-GYN physician who specializes in adolescent care, on Thursday filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee in Chattanooga v. US Department of Health and Human Services.
“The law and the medical community have long recognized and respected the biological differences between boys and girls and the unique needs they each have in health care. Forcing doctors to prescribe menopausal hormones to 13-year-olds or perform life-changing surgery on adolescents is illegal, unethical and dangerous,” Ryan Bangert, senior counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom, said in a statement.
“President Biden’s Health and Human Services department is grossly exceeding its authority, endangering the psychological and physical health of children,” Bangert said. “Our clients rightly object on medical, ethical, religious and conscientious grounds to this illegal government mandate to provide gender transition procedures.”
The two medical associations represent 3,000 physicians and health care professionals, Alliance Defending Freedom said in a press release.
“Doctors should never be forced to perform a controversial and often medically dangerous procedure that goes against their common sense, conscience or religion, especially when dealing with vulnerable children experiencing mental and emotional confusion,” Julie Marie Blake , Alliance Defending Freedom senior counsel, said in a statement.
“Forcing doctors to engage in experimental medicine that poses a risk to patients — or face huge financial penalties, withdrawal of federal funding, or removal of their ability to practice medicine — is an extreme violation of physicians’ constitutional rights and certainly not for the benefit of the patients they serve,” Blake continued.
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