Conservative Groups Praise Trump Administration’s Rollback of Obama-Era Transgender Health Rule

Conservative groups are applauding the Trump administration’s announcement on Friday that it’s scrapping an Obama-era federal regulation requiring healthcare providers and insurers to perform gender-transition procedures and abortions against their medical judgment or religious convictions.

Mary Beth Waddell, a senior legislative assistant for Family Research Council, said her group “fully supports” the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ decision as it would “ensure Obamacare isn’t used as a vehicle to advance transgender or abortion politics.”

The Obama administration’s 2016 regulation redefined sex discrimination in Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act to include termination of pregnancy and gender identity, which it defined as “one’s internal sense of gender, which may be male, female, neither, or a combination of male and female.”

HHS said in its announcement Friday that it “will enforce Section 1557 by returning to the government’s interpretation of sex discrimination according to the plain meaning of the word ‘sex’ as male or female and as determined by biology.”

After the announcement of the change in policy, long sought by religious and conservative groups, the national pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List called President Trump “the most pro-life president our nation has ever seen.”

“Today he delivered another important victory for conscience in America,” the network of more than 837,000 pro-life Americans nationwide said in a statement.

Dr. Grazie Pozo Christie, policy adviser for The Catholic Association, said all Americans — not only healthcare professionals who put the welfare of their patients and the integrity of science ahead of social ideologies — “can applaud the Trump Administration’s move to revise HHS Section 1557.”

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Anugrah Kumar

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