AUSTIN — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has asked a federal judge to ax health care protections in the Affordable Care Act for transgender Americans and women seeking abortions, The Dallas Morning News reports.
On Monday, Paxton and leaders from seven other states filed a motion in federal court to undo rules that bar discrimination based on “gender identity” and “termination of pregnancy” in the act, also known as Obamacare.
The enforcement of the protections have been on hold for more than two years, but Paxton said it’s time to eliminate them once and for all, The Dallas Morning News reports.
“The federal government has no right to force Texans to pay for surgical procedures intended to change a person’s sex,” he said in a statement. “Our multi-state coalition is asking the U.S. District Court to issue a summary judgment to protect medical professionals who believe that engaging in such procedures or treatment violates their Hippocratic Oath, their conscience, or their personal religious beliefs, which are protected by the Constitution and federal law.”
The Affordable Care Act prohibits hospitals and other health providers that receive federal money from denying care on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability or sex. In the final months of President Barack Obama’s tenure, his administration released new regulations interpreting “sex” discrimination to include “gender identity” and “termination of pregnancy,” meaning hospitals or health care programs who turn away transgender Americans or women seeing abortions could be denied federal funds, The Dallas Morning News reports.