Former President Barack Obama’s “Transgender Mandate” forced medical professionals to perform sex-change surgery on anyone who professes to want it, including young children who are clearly not old enough to make such a life-changing decision.
Needless to say, this policy hit some legal challenges. It runs contrary to the 2014 Supreme Court Hobby Lobby ruling that exempted religious entities from covering abortion pills under the Affordable Care Act. The mandate has been struck down twice in federal court. Even so, President Joe Biden and HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra are doing everything possible to revive the absurd statute. The HHS is currently appealing the decisions in the hopes that some higher court will agree to its demands.
Secretary Xavier Becerra has long been a vicious opponent of religious freedom. As Attorney General of California, he attacked Catholic nuns and other conservatives who opposed abortion. He also sought to force pro-life pregnancy centers to advertise abortion services, a move that contravenes First Amendment rights that prohibit the government from forcing people to endorse or promote causes they do not wish to be associated with.
Secretary Becerra isn’t the only Biden Administration official who thinks it’s fine to run rough-shod over medical professionals with personal convictions. Vice President Kamala Harris filed an amicus brief in 2014 against Hobby Lobby, stating that women “should not be denied” comprehensive health care, including contraceptives, just because employers don’t want to fund this form of care.
The statement is ironic as women are “not denied” healthcare simply because an employer doesn’t want to pay for it. Even so, the Democrat Party’s adamant support for abortion and transgenderism makes it clear that “support” means that taxpayers should cough up extra money for this “essential” medical service.
Ironically, President Biden professes to be a Catholic even as he allows his administration to harass Catholic doctors and nuns. The move to bring back the “transgender mandate” is just the start. Democrat politicians in both houses of Congress are pushing for the passage of the so-called “Equity Act” that would force medical professionals to not only provide transgender “care” but also perform abortions. Religious entities such as Catholic hospitals, Christian schools and foster care services, and even churches would be forced to hire LGBTQ people. Girls’ sports would become a thing of the past as any boy or man who claims to be “female” would be able to join women’s sports and competitions. Biological boys would also be able to use girls’ bathrooms, and be allowed access to homeless shelters and safe places for women fleeing domestic abuse.
The Biden Administration’s move to support the rights of a small minority over the basic rights of the overwhelming majority makes it clear the far-left will only be satisfied when faith-based organizations and individuals are forced out of public life and service.