Today the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services implemented a new federal rule that includes specific protections for “sexual orientation,” “gender identity,” and “termination of pregnancy” in Obamacare, as new classifications protected “on the basis of sex.” Under the new rule, healthcare providers will be forced to participate in sex transitions and abortions, procedures that violate many providers’ conscience rights and religious beliefs. The rule applies to “any health program or activity, any part of which is receiving Federal financial assistance, or under any program or activity that is administered by an Executive Agency or any entity established under Title I…” This includes physicians, hospitals, insurers, and other healthcare entities receiving federal funds.
Jonathan Saenz, President of Texas Values stated:
“Forcing healthcare providers to perform sex changes and abortions violates conscience rights and is gross government intrusion that must be stopped. The Obama administration’s mandate forces a dangerous political agenda onto the American people. These rules clearly trample the conscience rights of healthcare providers across the nation, specifically those who have sincerely held religious beliefs on human sexuality and the sanctity of human life. Do not be surprised if yet another lawsuit is filed against the Obama administration similar to the Little Sisters of the Poor v. Burwell case – a U. S. Supreme Court case in which Catholic nuns were being forced by the government to violate their religious beliefs in their healthcare plan.”