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ADF to Biden admin: New health care rule turns medicine upside-down

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The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Julie Marie Blake regarding a rule announced Friday from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that redefines “sex” in federal healthcare nondiscrimination law to add gender identity:

“The Biden administration’s new healthcare mandate is a vast overreach that turns medicine upside-down. Congress never voted to redefine sex in the Affordable Care Act to add gender identity. The rule harms families and children by promoting dangerous, life-altering ‘gender-transition’ procedures that remove healthy body parts or block puberty. The Biden administration’s egregious rule would alter the United States’ medical system for the worst.”

ADF attorneys filed a formal comment in 2022 in opposition to the rule, explaining, “The best medicine suggests that procedures aimed at altering one’s appearance as a man or a woman are dangerous and have unknown long-term effects.”

Recently, in an ADF case, a federal district court ruled against a similar attempt by the Biden administration to force religious healthcare providers to provide or pay for harmful “gender-transition” procedures.

Alliance Defending Freedom is an alliance-building, non-profit legal organization committed to protecting religious freedom, free speech, parental rights, and the sanctity of life.

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