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The Religious Sisters of Mercy, the Catholic Benefits Association, and other Catholic entities had sued in the face of the Biden administration’s threat of ‘multimillion-dollar penalties’ for alleged ‘discrimination’ on the basis of ‘sex.’
(LifeSiteNews) — A federal court ruled Friday that doctors and hospitals cannot be forced to perform gender mutilating surgeries, echoing a similar recent court ruling in a striking win for religious freedom.
The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Catholic groups’ free exercise of religion in refusing to perform or insure so-called “gender transition” procedures, citing a prior district court ruling in the same case which found that “intrusion upon the Catholic Plaintiffs’ exercise of religion is sufficient to show irreparable harm.”
The Religious Sisters of Mercy, the Catholic Benefits Association, and other Catholic entities had sued in the face of the Biden administration’s threat of “multimillion-dollar penalties” for alleged “discrimination” on the basis of “sex.”
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The Eighth Circuit cited an August ruling, Franciscan Alliance v. Becerra, which noted that Section 1557 under Obamacare “defined sex discrimination to include discrimination on the basis of… ‘gender identity,’” according to a 2016 federal regulation.
The Court of Appeals further pointed out that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has interpreted such “discrimination” to include “sex stereotyping,” which it defines as “includ[ing] the expectation that individuals will consistently identify with only one gender…”