The Biden administration filed an appeal Tuesday against a January federal court order in North Dakota that said the government cannot force doctors to perform controversial “gender reassignment” surgeries against their consciences.
Lawyer Luke Goodrich, who serves as chief counsel for the pro-religious liberty law firm Becket, called the move an attempt to establish a “Transgender Mandate,” adding that it is “bad for patients, doctors, and religious liberty.”
“The Biden Admin says it can punish doctors and hospitals for ‘sex discrimination’ unless they perform controversial gender-transition procedures,” Goodrich explained in a series of tweets. “A court struck down this #TransgenderMandate in January… But the Biden Admin just appealed.”
“The plaintiffs are religious doctors, hospitals, and clinics who joyfully serve ALL patients regardless of sex or gender identity,” Goodrich continued. “They routinely provide top-notch care to transgender patients for everything from cancer to the common cold.”