Nonprofit Becket Fund for Religious Liberty is sounding the alarm on a newly revised Biden rule that the group says would compel health care professionals to perform transgender surgeries and abortions against their medical judgment and religious conscience, under the threat of severe financial penalties.
The nonprofit is facing off against the Biden administration on Thursday at the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Becket, representing a Catholic health care network and a group of almost 19,000 health care professionals, is asking the court to uphold the decision in Franciscan Alliance v. Becerra, fending off the new Biden rule.
Luke Goodrich, vice president and senior counsel for Becket, warned this week that the rule, dubbed the transgender mandate, could be used to compel hospitals and doctors receiving federal funds to conduct controversial transgender procedures and abortions, according to the National Catholic Register.
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