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Monday, September 5, 2016
Obama Administration at it again: New “Transgender Mandate” will force doctors to provide transgender procedures on any child referred by a mental health professional regardless of religious or conscience reservations.
Among other attacks on the right of
conscience by the Obama Administration, the president’s Department of Health and Human Services has recently mandated that doctors must
perform gender transition procedures on any child referred by a mental health
professional, even if the doctor believes the treatment or hormone therapy could harm the child. Doctors who
follow their Hippocratic Oath to act in the best interest of their patient
instead of this new mandate can face severe consequences, including losing
This Transgender Mandate also requires
virtually all private insurance companies and many employers to cover gender
transition procedures or face stiff penalties and legal action. There are
two major insurance plans exempted from this mandate, however—the plans run by
HHS: Medicare and Medicaid.
Joining us again this week will be Stephanie
Barclay of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty to discuss this new attack on
our freedoms by the administration of Barack Obama.
Stephanie joined the Becket Fund as Legal
Counsel after working pro bono to defend numerous religious liberty clients
during her time at Covington & Burling LLP in Washington, D.C. Aside from
her pro bono religious liberty work while at Covington, Stephanie also
represented clients in government contract, defense, pharmaceutical, health
care, transportation, and technology industries in state and federal
litigation, as well as in administrative matters. Before working at Covington,
Stephanie clerked for the Honorable N. Randy Smith on the U.S. Court of Appeals
for the Ninth Circuit. She has been featured on BBC World News, Wall Street
Journal Live, Newsmax TV, and EWTN.
In addition to Stephanie we’ll have our
monthly visit from our media critic Todd Erzen.
Join Deacon Mike Manno, co-host Gina Noll,
Stephanie and Todd Tuesday at 9 a.m. for an interesting discussion on matters
that affect people of faith: Iowa Catholic Radio 1150 AM; 88.5 & 94.5 FM;
and streaming on IowaCatholicRadio.com. The program will re-air at 9 p.m. and
pod casts of earlier programs may be found here.
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