President Biden was recently dealt another blow by the court system as a federal appeals court ruled against his medical mandate.
The Biden mandate attempted to force healthcare workers to perform surgeries, some including gender-transition operations, that went against their personal religious beliefs. A prior case decision was upheld in face of the mandate ultimately protecting thousands of medical professionals’ rights to act according to their religious beliefs.
The Epoch Times reported on the details of the appeals court decision.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit unanimously upheld a lower court’s ruling in Franciscan Alliance v. Becerra which protected around 19,000 health care professionals in Franciscan Alliance, a Catholic health care network, from performing medical procedures against their conscience.
The lower court’s ruling had permanently prohibited the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service (HHS) “from requiring Franciscan Alliance to perform gender-transition surgeries or abortions in violation of its sincerely held religious beliefs.”
Becket, the legal counsel representing Franciscan Alliance, said the court explained that permanent protection from the statute was appropriate for health care workers.
From medical professionals to religious leaders people were outspoken about their disapproval of the Biden mandate.
Sister Petra Nielsen, Sister of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration and member of the Corporate Board for Franciscan Alliance said, “Franciscan Alliance and the Sisters of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration seek to carry on Jesus Christ’s healing ministry by providing the best possible care to every person who comes through our doors. We are simply asking the courts to let us keep caring for all our patients with joy and compassion—as we’ve done for over 145 years,” according to Franciscan Alliance’s representation Becket Law.
Dr. André Van Mol, member of the Christian Medical & Dental Associations said, “No medical professional should be forced to participate in controversial and irreversible gender transition procedures that can be deeply harmful to patients. The federal government has no business forcing doctors to violate their conscience, professional medical judgment, and Hippocratic Oath to ‘do no harm.’”
Although servants to the public health, professionals in the medical field like any other field have the right to act according to their religious beliefs.
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