Director, Commonwealth Policy Center

Just when you think you've heard the last word on the transgender craze, another bombshell comes out of Washington. This time its from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services which now considers gender identity protected by law under the 1964 Civil Rights Act. HHS released the final rule for the Affordable Care Act's Section 1557 which requires all healthcare providers receiving federal funds to perform —hold on to your hats—“gender transition” services and abortions. And failure to do so will result in losing government aid or legal action.  Because of this new interpretation, doctors and hospitals will be forced to perform two controversial procedures and there's no protection for religiously affiliated health care providers.  The federal government is operating outside the Constitution, and by trying to redefine gender, they're trampling religious freedom—something clearly protected.