Texas joined challenging an Affordable Care Act provision

ELKHART, IN - JUNE 01: President Barack Obama speaks at Concord Community High School on June 1, 2016 in Elkhart, Indiana. Obama returned to the school, which he visited more than seven years ago, to highlight economic progress made during his administration. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Alongside other Republican states Texas is going to challenge the act which ensures doctors can’t refuse to treat patients because they’re gay. The AFA includes safeguards which prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability in healthcare. Texas has formed an unholy alliance with an extreme anti-LGBT evangelical group, the ‘Becket Fund for Religious Liberty’ , in order to challenge the provision.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton launched the lawsuit – also joined by Kansas, Kentucky, Nebraska and Wisconsin – making the outrageous claim that the law “requires taxpayers to fund, and doctors to perform, procedures designed to change one’s sex”.

Gender reassignment surgeries are highly specialised procedures that require a doctor to opt to undergo years of training and study. it is a deliberate, It is a deliberate, brazen lie to suggest that any unwitting religious doctor might be “forced” to perform them. But the Attorney General claims this act to be against “the medical judgment and conscience rights of doctors and health care professionals across the country”.

Paxton continued: “It forces health care workers, including physicians, to provide controversial services. Under the new rule, a physician that believes that certain treatments are not in a patient’s best medical interests may be in violation of federal law. And a physician that, for religious or conscientious reasons cannot perform a particular procedure, chooses to instead refer a patient to another health care provider may also be determined to be in violation of this new rule.” Other parts of his statement reveal that bigotry is his main motivator, however, as he insists that transgender people do not exist. He said: “This new rule interprets ‘sex’ as a state of mind, not a biological fact. When it enacted the law, Congress used the term ‘sex’ as a biological category. The Obama Administration is now trying to redefine the law so that the term ‘sex’ means ones’ ‘internal sense of gender which may be male, female, neither, or a combination of male and female’.”


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