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Biden administration targets healthcare conscience protections

President Joe Biden at the White House on Friday Associated Press/Photo by Patrick Semansky

Biden administration targets healthcare conscience protections

On Monday, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that it will enforce Affordable Care Act anti-discrimination measures based on people’s preferred genders. This means the HHS Office for Civil Rights will investigate complaints of sex discrimination according to so-called gender identity. The government could sanction medical providers for failing to observe people’s chosen identities.

What will this change? Last summer, the Trump administration defined sex as biological sex, but a federal judge blocked the new rules from taking effect. The Biden administration is essentially returning to the policy and practice of former President Barack Obama, who denied religious liberty to healthcare providers who resisted providing abortions and gender transition procedures.

Dig deeper: Read Steve West’s report in Liberties on Health Secretary Xavier Becerra’s fight to overturn a court ruling that protected Catholic doctors from having to participate in gender transition procedures under the Affordable Care Act.

Charissa Koh

Charissa is a WORLD reporter who often writes about poverty fighting and prison reform, including profiling ministries in the annual Hope Awards for Effective Compassion competition. She is also a part of WORLD's investigative unit, the Caleb Team. Charissa resides with her husband, Josh, in Austin, Texas.



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Linguistically and biologically there are only 3 genders: masculine, feminine, and neuter.
Any attempt to change between masculine and feminine and vice versa whether surgically or chemically results in a neuter.
The First Amendment Right of Free Speech guarantees that we don't have to pander to delusional people.