The Biden administration wants to force doctors and hospitals to perform gender mutilation surgery on patients – even if it violates their religious convictions – and that demand mirrors another push for compliance.
In January, a North Dakota federal judge struck down what was known as the “Transgender Mandate” in Obamacare that required doctors and hospitals to perform gender mutilation surgery on physically healthy patients if they demanded it. The law contained no religious exemption.
On Tuesday, the Biden administration filed an appeal with the U.S. Eighth Circuit arguing doctors are engaging in discrimination by refusing to pick up the scalpel.
Philosophy professor Dr. Brian Huffling of Southern Evangelical Seminary says such a mandate goes against every instinct of a physician, especially a conscious-following Christian, to cut off healthy body parts.
“A lot of this stuff, you can't come back from,” he says. “Once you start doing this mutilation, once it's done, it's done, and it really should be seen more as child abuse.”
The controversial appeal was noticed by attorney Luke Goodrich, senior counsel at Becket Fund, who called it “bad for patients, doctors, and religious liberty” in an April 20 Twitter post.
A federal judge for the Fifth Circuit in Texas struck down the Transgender Mandate in 2019 before the Eighth Circuit in North Dakota took action, too.
According to Huffling, the Democrat administration is attempting to force doctors to ignore their conscience and that, he says, mirrors the push to punish Christian business owners who hold deeply-held religious beliefs over marriage.
In the case of a surgeon and a florist, he says, there are others willing to do the work.
“It's one more attempt to take away our religious freedom,” he warns, “and force this agenda on people who don't want it.”