Franciscan Alliance et al v. Burwell is moving along through federal district court at our expense. There are many moving parts but I can make this relatively simple. You need not read any of this but at issue is a federal rule by the Department of Health and Human Services. There is a complaint that was filed in federal court. Finally, there is the response from the ACLU which is “below the fold” here. Plaintiffs are Christian medical associations that do not want to follow the rule (so what else is new?). From their complaint:


This lawsuit challenges a new Regulation (“Regulation” or “Rule”) issued by
the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) that seeks to override the
medical judgment of healthcare professionals across the country. On pain of
significant financial liability, the Regulation forces doctors to perform controversial
and sometimes harmful medical procedures ostensibly designed to permanently
change an individual’s sex—including the sex of children. Under the new Regulation,
a doctor must perform these procedures even when they are contrary to the doctor’s
medical judgment and could result in significant, long-term medical harm.

I promised to keep this simple. The rule doesn’t say that. Even if it did, the only doctors affected would be those who provide sex reassignment surgery which is a unique specialty. If they had a religious objection then they would not be performing this procedure in the first place. Moreover, these people should at least know that children are not candidates for sex reassignment surgery.

Prime actors are Alliance Defending Freedom and Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. Our tax dollars at work.

In other news today, Glenn Beck is being sued by the father of Clock Boy.

ACLU reply re: Franciscan Alliance et al v Burwell by David Hart on Scribd

By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.