Texas: Providing Transgender People With Health Care Violates Sincerely Held Religious Beliefs

Posted on August 24, 2016, 9:16 pm
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Think Progress:

Texas state officials have made no secret about their desire to discriminate against transgender people.

A new lawsuit filed Tuesday makes clear that they now don’t even want to provide transgender people health care.

Just a day after a federal court blocked the Department of Education from protecting transgender students from discrimination in schools thanks to a different lawsuit, Texas — joined by Wisconsin, Nebraska, Kentucky, and Kansas and represented by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty — filed a new complaint challenging regulations from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that prohibit discrimination against transgender people in health care.

The rule ensures that trans people can access medically necessary treatment in procedures, have those procedures covered by insurance, and have their gender respected in medical facilities.

In addition to the five states, the plaintiffs include the Christian Medical & Dental Associations (CMDA)and Franciscan Alliance, a Catholic hospital system.

According to the complaint, these organizations object to providing services (or even referrals) for transition-related care or providing insurance that covers such care because it violates their religious beliefs.

Essentially, this suit is akin to Hobby Lobby, except it objects to transgender care instead of birth control.

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One Response to: Texas: Providing Transgender People With Health Care Violates Sincerely Held Religious Beliefs

  1. August 25th, 2016

    Well my cultish beliefs say that insulin is an abomination. Can I use the law to redefine the government’s definition of diabetes? These things also penetrate the corporate veil. The whole idea of a corporation is that you are one step removed from the corporation’s activities. A similar condition applies if you are an agent of the state. If you are on the job, you are an agent of the state, not a minister or an Imam. Besides, the State and Corporations serve all manner of sinners, if serving sinners is your problem. Viewed from the perspective of Original Sin, you could eventually exclude every single person from access to markets, contracts, civic life, etc. using the government as a proxy for your beliefs.