The court just ruled ‘yes,’ and Trump fans are celebrating. Democrats are furious about this decision, but it marks a major victory against an Obama-era law.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare, has his yet another setback — with U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor striking the law’s transgender protections on religious freedom grounds.
Opponents of the law argued that it “forces insurers to pay for abortions and compels doctors to perform gender transition services even if they disagree with those services on moral or medical grounds,” reported The Hill.
That’s why O’Connor ruled that this particular portion of Obamacare violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), a bill that, ironically, was signed into law by President Bill Clinton.
RFRA states that the federal government “shall not substantially burden a person’s exercise of religion” unless it proves the burden would further “a compelling governmental interest” and “is the least restrictive means” of doing so.
O’Connor’s ruling will likely be appealed, however, this is a great step towards reversing Obamacare’s damage to conscience protections that have long been a cornerstone of the First Amendment.
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