A slew of Catholic organisations are set to sue the Obama administration because of a set of laws aimed to protect transgender people from discrimination on the federal level. The group say the law will force Catholic hospitals and doctors to perform gender reassignment services, which is against their faith.
The lawsuit was filed on Wednesday in the North Dakota District Court by the Catholic Benefits Association. The group called the law part of a “multi-agency effort to redefine the term ‘sex’ in federal anti-discrimination laws.” The law they group are attempting to tackle went into effect in July, and helped to clarify an anti-bias provision of the Affordable Care Act. The law prohibits discrimination in health programmes which receive federal funding. The rule was not specifically set up to protect transgender people, it just aims to beat discrimination on the basis of gender identity.
Chief executive of the Catholic benefits Association, Douglas Wilson, said: “Catholic hospitals provide compassionate care to everyone, regardless of status. Patients experiencing gender dysphoria deserve no less. The prime ethic of any healthcare provider is do no harm. These regulations do the opposite.”