Commonwealth Policy Center

The Biden administration believes that the Affordable Care Act authorizes the president and his administration “to punish groups that don’t perform gender transitions and abortions.” This is according to Becket Fund for Religious Liberty attorney Luke Goodrich, who recently challenged the Biden administration’s effort to force doctors to perform gender transition surgeries and abortions regardless of their religious conviction. This clear violation of the religious freedom and conscience of health care workers is neither good medicine nor good public policy. Transition surgeries amputate normally healthy reproductive organs and violate the Hippocratic Oath, which says to first do no harm. But it’s also harmful to health care workers when the state tries to force them to violate their conscience.