CNA Staff, Jul 21, 2020 / 10:58 am
Two dozen state attorneys general are joining a lawsuit against the Trump administration, seeking to block a new rule that protects healthcare workers’ right to object to performing abortions or gender reassignment surgeries.
States such as New York, California, Massachusetts, Washington, Michigan, and Pennsylvania have joined the lawsuit, filed July 20 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.
“It is never acceptable to deny health care to Americans who need it, but it is especially egregious to do so in the middle of a pandemic,” New York Attorney General Letitia James, who is leading the suit, told the Wall Street Journal.
The Department of Health and Human Services on June 12 promulgated a rule to protect doctors’ right to object to abortion and gender reassignment operations, clarifying that bans on sex-based discrimination do not include gender identity or abortion.
The HHS said that its final rule eliminates portions of a 2016 regulation that had inappropriately expanded the definition of sex discrimination.
At the time of the announcement, the USCCB pro-life committee, led by Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City in Kansas, issued a statement “applauding” the proposed changes and saying the bishops were “grateful” the administration was taking the “important step.”
“These modifications follow the legislative intent of the Affordable Care Act to ensure nondiscrimination on the basis of sex in health care,” the statement said.
Catholic leaders in the US have continually maintained that surgical or hormonal interventions for people suffering from gender dysphoria are not merciful. Nevertheless, the issue ought to be approached with compassion and sensitivity, while also adhering to Church teaching and the truth.