A federal judge in Texas on Saturday issued a nationwide law that would allow doctors to refuse to see transgender patients and women who have had abortions with "religious freedom" as the reason, which dismantles the part of the ACA that makes healthcare safe and accessible for everyone, according to the Associated Press.
This means doctors can deny treating a patient if he or she says they don't agree with abortions because of their religion, or don't recognize transgender identities because of their religion.
Federal judge in Texas blocks health officials from enforcing ban on discrimination against transgender persons. https://t.co/jmSbKE6NrT— The Associated Press (@AP) December 31, 2016
The rules were set to take effect Sunday (Dec. 1).
US District Judge Reed O'Connor said the Department of Health and Human Services lacked a basis for interpreting Obamacare’s prohibition against "sex" discrimination to apply to other characteristics, including "gender identity" and "termination of pregnancy."
"Plaintiffs will be forced to either violate their religious beliefs or maintain their current policies which seem to be in direct conflict with the Rule and risk the severe consequences of enforcement," O'Connor wrote in his 46-page ruling, according to the Associated Press.
Judge O'Connor issues nationwide injunction in challenge to ACA nondiscrim policies. pic.twitter.com/qAjuvzfsyC— Equality Case Files (@EQCF) December 31, 2016
Here's an excerpt from the injunction.
LRT @EQCF Reed OConnor is the same judge who issued the nationwide injunction against trans protections in schools; now he's hit health care— mcc (@mcclure111) December 31, 2016
O'Connor is the same judge who stopped transgender guidance in schools.