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CMDA wins temporary injunction in Texas transgender mandate lawsuit

In August 2016, CMDA joined with the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty challenging the Health and Human Services (HHS) Transgender Mandate. This regulation requires healthcare professionals to facilitate gender transitions for patients with transgender identification through counseling, hormonal blockers, hormonal treatment and surgery if they provide similar treatments to any other patient for any reason. Failure to comply opens a physician to being sued and the loss of federal healthcare reimbursements.

The Becket Fund issued the following news release.

Moments ago, a Texas court protected the rights of families and their doctors to make medical decisions for their child free from government bureaucrats' interference.

The court ruling comes after eight states, an association of almost 18,000 doctors, and a Catholic hospital system challenged a federal regulation that requires doctors to perform gender transition procedures on children, even if the doctor believes the treatment could harm the child. Doctors who followed their Hippocratic Oath to act in the best interest of their patient would have faced severe consequences, including losing their job."

"This is a common-sense ruling: The government has no business forcing private doctors to perform procedures that the government itself recognizes can be harmful, particularly to children, and that the government exempts its own doctors from performing," said Lori Windham, senior counsel at Becket Law, which filed a lawsuit against the new federal regulation. "Today's ruling ensures that doctors' best medical judgment will not be replaced with political agendas and bureaucratic interference."

"This court ruling is an across-the-board victory that will ensure that deeply personal medical decisions, such as gender transition procedures, remain between families and their doctor," said Windham.

The full news release can found here: http://www.becketfund.org/franciscan-alliance-transgender-win-pr/.