by Greg Harrison
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed his thirteenth lawsuit against the Obama Administration yesterday for a recent rule change that requires taxpayers to fund, and doctors to perform procedures designed to change one’s sex.
Last month, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services implemented a new rule which changes the definition of “sex” within the Affordable Care Act – from a biological category to a state of mind. In doing so, the Office of the Attorney General claims the Obama Administration is retroactively rewriting the law, as well as violating the constitutional rights of Texans.
“The impact of this new rule on Texas and health care workers is significant,” a press release from the Office of the Attorney General states. “Not only does the rule require taxpayers to fund all treatments designed to transition to a different sex, it also forces health care workers, including physicians, to provide controversial services. Under the new rule, a physician that believes that certain treatments are not in a patient’s best medical interests may be in violation of federal law. And a physician that, for religious or conscientious reasons cannot perform a particular procedure, chooses to instead refer a patient to another health care provider may also be determined to be in violation of this new rule.”
“This is the thirteenth lawsuit I have been forced to bring against the Obama Administration’s continued threats on constitutional rights of Texans,” said Attorney General Paxton. “The federal government has no right to force Texans to pay for medical procedures designed to change a person’s sex. I am disappointed in the Obama Administration’s lack of consideration for medical professionals who believe that engaging in such procedures or treatment violates their Hippocratic Oath, their conscience, or their personal religious beliefs, which are protected by the Constitution and federal law.”
The lawsuit can be read in its entirety here.