Biden’s Agenda For Child Surgeries Defeated In Federal Court

( The Biden administration chose not to appeal an October ruling from Texas regarding federal guidelines related to transgenders.

On October 1, US District Court Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk declared unlawful two federal guidelines regarding transgenders. The first guideline used the Affordable Care Act to protect transgender patients’ access to medical treatment. The other said employment protection for gay and transgender workers extends to policies like dress codes, bathrooms, and pronouns.

Kacsmaryk agreed with Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton who argued that the administration’s interpretation was overly broad. The judge said the recent Supreme Court ruling protecting gay and transgender employees narrowly dealt with hiring and firing, rejecting the argument that gender is “inextricably intertwined” with certain workplace “conduct.”

While the federal guidelines were not meant to be legally binding, the judge’s ruling noted that the Biden administration threatened Texas with penalties if it did not protect “gender-affirming” care.

The Justice Department could have appealed Kacsmaryk’s decision within 60 days of the ruling. But that 60-day deadline has come and gone with no appeal filed.

In a press release last Tuesday, Attorney General Paxton declared the lack of an appeal a win.

In his statement, Paxton noted that victory was “now secure” thanks to “Biden’s failure to appeal by the deadline.” He said Texas employers and workers “will not be forced to have workplaces infused with woke gender theories while children in Texas “will be safe from the Biden Administration’s so-called sexual orientation and gender identity agenda.”

On December 9, a federal appeals court permanently blocked the Health and Human Services rule requiring religious doctors and hospitals to provide transgender medical services against their religious conscience.

The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court ruling in favor of the plaintiffs in Sisters of Mercy v. Becerra, a case in which a coalition of Catholic groups challenged the federal government’s attempt to use the Affordable Care Act to prohibit doctors and hospitals from discriminating against people who claim to be transgender.

This is the second appeals court to block the HHS rule. In August, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals also held that the government cannot force Christian medical providers to perform abortions or transgender surgeries under the Affordable Care Act.