U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor has blocked Obama’s legislation, which could have forced doctors to give medical advice to transgender people despite their religious beliefs– or even against their medical judgement. (via ABC)
Transgender activists insist the legislation was designed to prevent doctors and hospitals from discriminating against transgender people.
The Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund’s Director of impact legislation, Ezra Young, said of the ruling, “Judge O’Connor’s conclusion that transgender people and persons who have had abortions are somehow excepted from protection is deeply troubling, legally specious, and morally repugnant.”
Protection from what? Well, Judge O’Connor says that Obama’s legislation would have compelled doctors who disagree with abortions or medical transition to perform and/or advise both procedures to patients.
In his 46 page ruling, he said, “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.”
It seems Young would prefer it if doctors were forced to give the kind of medical advice which The Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund thinks is acceptable. But, by mandating a doctor’s response to any transgender patient they see, transgender activists are actually limiting the choice of even the transgender people they purport to speak for.
While the transgender activist community largely finds that medical transition is the only option for people suffering gender dysphoria (the underlying discomfort associated with being transgender) many transgender people find that medical transition is not necessary for their comfort and well-being.
It is important for those transgender people to be able to have an honest discussion with their doctor, who shouldn’t be forced to push medical transition upon them over this inane Obama law.
Further, many medical professionals disagree about various treatments for gender dysphoria on not just on religious grounds, but also on medical grounds. Hormone blockers, invasive surgeries, and gendered hormones all have profound effects on the body and there is wide discussion about when such treatments should, or if they should, be used.
The place to have such a discussion is in the medical field, not in legislation! Thankfully, we can expect Judge O’Connor to continue to stop Obama’s overreach into state and individual rights, until President-Elect Trump is inaugurated. He has said he will leave such decisions to the states, where they belong.