Federal court upholds religious providers' exemption to ACA abortion and gender requirements
The 5th Circuit ruling came in the administration's appeal and applied only to the plaintiffs. However, the plaintiffs hailed the decision as protection for health care professionals nationwide.
A federal appeals court has upheld a Texas federal court ruling that exempts a group of religious health care providers from the abortion and gender rights requirements of the Affordable Care Act.
In an 18-page opinion filed Friday, a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans upheld the permanent injunction by U.S. District Judge Reed O'Connor in Wichita Falls, Texas.
The Franciscan Alliance, Christian Medical and Dental Society and Specialty Physicians of Illinois sued to block the Biden administration from enforcing ACA provisions they feared would require them to perform abortions or gender-transition treatment.