The Biden administration appears to once again be trampling the rights of American citizens in their rollback of a Trump administration ruling that allowed medical professionals the rights to turn down some procedures involving individuals claiming to be transgendered.
Joe Biden took action on Monday that would require hospitals to perform sex-change procedures, regardless of their preferred hospital policies, forcing them to get involved, medically, in decisions that have traditionally been up to the medical professionals.
Additionally, they will be required to offer other transgender medical services, and if they refuse, they will be opened up to potentially facing anti-discrimination lawsuits that could cost them millions of dollars, if not bankrupt the institutions altogether.
This was not a hallmark program of the Biden administration, however. As with many of the Biden rules, this is just a repeat of an Obama administration era rule that the Trump administration temporarily nullified in his effort to restore sanity to the medical industry (among others).
According to The Blaze, the report came down from The Department of Health and Human Services who announced that its Office of Civil Rights will, going forward, be interpreting and enforcing laws that they claim will help prohibit discrimination based on sex, including sexual orientation (which seems more like discrimination against those who are confused about their sex, regardless of where it started or where it’s heading) and gender identity. They cited the recent Supreme Court decision in Bostock v. Clayton County in their justification for the new guidelines.
“The Supreme Court has made clear that people have a right not to be discriminated against on the basis of sex and receive equal treatment under the law, no matter their gender identity or sexual orientation. That’s why today HHS announced it will act on related reports of discrimination,” HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra said.
“Fear of discrimination can lead individuals to forgo care, which can have serious negative health consequences. It is the position of the Department of Health and Human Services that everyone — including LGBTQ people — should be able to access health care, free from discrimination or interference, period.”
The unfortunate truth about the Bostock decision that was cited by HHS is that the 6-3 decision was in reference to those who are gay or transgender being able to seek gainful employment. It was not something that has to do with the actual practice of their sexuality, or manifesting something that they hope to show on the outside, versus how they came into the world.
Biden’s rule is reminiscent of the case where Masterpiece Bake Shope in Colorado was taken to court over their refusal to bake a cake for a gay wedding. They didn’t refuse service to gay people, they even offered to sell them something else, they just wouldn’t participate in the actual celebration of the gay lifestyle.
There have been no reports that transgender people are being refused service at any medical establishment. No one chooses not to take care of them because of their life choices, but in some cases, they choose not to participate in those choices, by supporting it with their practice. Forcing someone to offer a service that they don’t believe in or feel isn’t best for their industry, altogether (not selectively mind you, offering hormone treatments to some but not others, but not doing it altogether) is a choice that businesses have to be allowed to make if freedom is to prevail.
But, for a progressive, there is so much to be gained by being able to say that the one who “knit me together in my mother’s womb” did it wrong, that they seem to be willing to throw all kinds of freedoms by the wayside jus to pursue that end. Let’s hope someone intervenes before it’s really the end, and we get to meet the Knitter.