Happy New Year! Texas Judge Blocks Trans Healthcare Rights
Texas judge Reed O’Connor celebrated New Year’s Eve by stopping trans people from getting healthcare. ABC News reports:
A federal judge in Texas on Saturday ordered a halt to another Obama administration effort to strengthen transgender rights, this time over health rules that social conservatives say could force doctors to violate their religious beliefs.
Thanks to Reed, doctors can continue to discriminate against trans patients. Happy New Year!
Reed’s injunction also permits doctors to refuse care to patients seeking reproductive healthcare services.
This isn’t the first time Reed has ended up in the news for anti-LGBT bigotry. Last August, O’Connor blocked Obama’s guidelines aimed at helping trans students access bathrooms in schools. And in 2015, he fought against medical leave for people in same-sex relationships.