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Hospitals suing Obama over gender reassignment

Posted in: International News
By Daily News staff - 31st December 2016

A group of Catholic health-care organisations in  the USA are set to sue outgoing president Barack Obama's administration, saying they are being forced to provide gender-reassignment services.

The Affordable Care Act, sometimes known as Obamacare, states a person cannot be subject to discrimination based on their race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.

The Catholic Benefits Association, the Catholic Diocese of Fargo and Catholic Charities North Dakota are now suing because the regulations, which come into effect tomorrow, define ‘sex’ to include sexual orientation and gender identity for anti-discrimination purposes, which they say forces them into providing care for trans people.

The Catholic organisations say Congress and the courts have until now understood the term “sex” in federal law to mean biological sex.

There is no provision for religious exemptions in the Obamacare regulations.

The states of Texas, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Kansas and Kentucky have already initiated a federal lawsuit on the same issue.
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