Federal Court Strikes Down Transgender Mandate

Doctors across the United States scored a major victory Tuesday, Jan. 19, when a federal court struck down the Transgender Mandate. The plaintiffs in the case are religious doctors, hospitals and clinics that serve all patients regardless of sex or gender identity. This was not the first time a court ruled against the mandate. In December 2016, a Texas court also struck down the mandate after eight states, an association of almost 18,000 doctors and a Catholic hospital system challenged it.

Under the controversial mandate issued by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in 2016, doctors must perform gender transition procedures on any child referred by a mental health professional, even if they believe the treatment or hormone therapy could harm the child. Failure to comply can cost the doctors their job.

The mandate also doesn’t allow a doctor to refer the child to another doctor, even a more qualified one, or for a hospital to find a doctor willing to perform the procedure. The mandate aims to help children with gender dysphoria, a so-called psychological distress that results from an incongruence between one’s sex “assigned” at birth and one’s “gender identity.” But studies about the issue show that up to 94 percent of children with gender dysphoria (77 to 94 percent in one set of studies and 73 to 88 percent in another) will naturally grow out of their dysphoria and live healthy lives without the need for surgery or lifelong hormone treatments. Read more…

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