#BREAKING: Major victory for #ReligiousFreedom: A federal court just struck down the controversial #TransgenderMandate that ordered doctors to perform potentially harmful gender-transition procedures in violation of conscience and medical judgment: 1/
The plaintiffs are religious doctors, hospitals, and clinics who joyfully serve ALL patients regardless of sex or gender identity. They routinely provide top-notch care to transgender patients for everything from cancer to the common cold. 2/
They also provide millions of dollars in free and low-cost care to the elderly, poor, and underserved rural areas. 3/
But a controversial HHS regulation threatens multimillion-dollar penalties unless they perform gender-transition procedures, even when the procedures violate the doctors’ religious beliefs and medical judgment and could harm patients. transgendermandate.org 4/
Today’s decision rightly says the mandate violates federal law. This is now the second court to say so. The other court's decision is currently on appeal at the 5th Circuit: becketlaw.org/case/francisca…. 5/
These religious hospitals and doctors joyfully serve transgender patients. There is ample evidence, however, that certain gender transition procedures can be harmful to patients: transgendermandate.org/research 6/
Several federal courts--including the 5th and 1st Circuits--have examined whether there is “consensus in the medical community about the necessity and efficacy of sex reassignment surgery as a treatment for gender dysphoria.” 7/
These circuits have all reached the same conclusion: “There is no medical consensus that sex reassignment surgery is a necessary or even effective treatment for gender dysphoria.” Gibson v. Collier, 920 F.3d 212, 223 (5th Cir. 2019). ca5.uscourts.gov/opinions/pub/1… 8/
HHS’s own doctors during the Obama administration agreed: “Based on a thorough review of the clinical evidence...there is not enough evidence to determine whether gender reassignment surgery improves health outcomes for [patients] with gender dysphoria.” cms.gov/medicare-cover… 9
And a landmark ruling from the British High Court recently said that “puberty blockers” were experimental and that children under 16 likely couldn’t give informed consent to them: newsweek.com/british-court-… 10/
In @BECKETlaw's case decided today, the doctors and hospitals argued that they shouldn’t be forced to perform procedures that violate their consciences and could harm their patients. The federal court agreed. 11/
Today’s ruling protects patients, aligns with current medical research, and ensures doctors aren’t forced to violate their religious beliefs and medical judgment. 12/
This is a victory for common-sense, conscience, and sound medical judgment. And our clients will continue providing outstanding care to transgender patients for everything from cancer to the common cold. fin/

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26 Nov 20
#BREAKING: Huge religious freedom victory tonight at the Supreme Court--stopping NY Gov Cuomo’s discriminatory #COVID19 worship restrictions against @BECKETlaw’s Orthodox Jewish clients. Here’s a thread with key excerpts from the Court’s opinions. s3.amazonaws.com/becketnewsite/… 1/
Biggest takeaway: The Court resoundingly rejects blind deference to COVID-related restrictions on worship. Instead, all governments must recognize the Constitution still controls during a pandemic: 2/
The core holding of the majority is that our Orthodox Jewish clients “clearly established their entitlement to relief” by showing they are “likely to prevail” under the First Amendment: 3/
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4 Nov 20
Great argument in Fulton today! #SCOTUS looks poised to protect foster families and their Catholic foster care ministry. Main question is how broad the vote will be (8-1, 9-0?) and how broad the reasoning (is Smith in play?). Key takeaways: (thread)
The Justices broadly agreed that CSS has done vital work for over 200 years, and the City had no need to go after them. No same-sex couple has ever been turned away, yet city officials manufactured this dispute by shutting down CSS. 2/
Kavanaugh called the City’s position “absolutist and extreme,” noting that Philadelphia “created this clash,” even though “no same-sex couple has ever come to Catholic Social Services for participation in this program.” 3/
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23 Oct 20
Great news! Two Texas brothers just defeated one of the dumbest attacks on #ReligiousFreedom you will find: Their school banned them from all sports and clubs unless they cut sacred braids they’ve kept as a religious vow since birth. bit.ly/2VzqJHB 1/ Image
In Cesar’s infancy, his parents made a religious vow never to cut a lock of his hair if he was healed from meningitis. He was healed, and he and his brother have kept the vow ever since. This kind of “promesa” has deep roots among Mexican Catholics. 2/ Image
From K-6th grade, the Mathis TX school district let the boys keep their hair without any problems. But in 7th grade (2017) the district barred them from all interscholastic competition. Cesar was banned from football; Diego was taken off the Science Team. 3/ Image
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6 May 20
Key takeaways from the Little Sisters argument @ #SCOTUS today:
1. It was clear the gov’t has many ways to give out contraception. It doesn’t need to conscript nuns. So #ReligiousFreedom protects the Sisters.
2. The states haven’t identified a SINGLE woman ever denied coverage due to a religious exemption. As the Obama Admin admitted, they get coverage on family plans, on the exchange, or other gov’t programs. Zero harm.
3. The states' argument was exposed as startlingly broad. It not only attacked the exemption for the Sisters. It said the gov’t even lacked authority to exempt CHURCHES. Alito jumped on this; no Justice seemed to buy it.
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19 Feb 20
#BREAKING: The 11th Circuit just ruled that the #BayviewCross, which has stood in a @CityofPensacola park for almost 80 years, is allowed to STAY! This is a major victory for #ReligiousFreedom and an important new precedent: 1/ s3.amazonaws.com/becketnewsite/…
@cityofpensacola The cross was erected by Pensacola citizens in 1941, just months before the US entered WWII. It has long been a gathering place for community events and it is a valued part of the city’s history and culture: becketlaw.org/case/kondratye… 2/
@cityofpensacola In 2016, an atheist group sued to remove the cross, saying it was offensive. (One plaintiff used the cross for his “Satanic rituals.” Another was recently sentenced to 15 days in prison for throwing a drink on a U.S. Congressman: pnj.com/story/news/201…) 3/
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4 Feb 20
#BREAKING: A federal court has thrown out criminal convictions of four volunteers who left food and water in the desert for migrants at risk of death. The court said prosecuting them violated #RFRA--a major victory for #ReligiousFreedom! 1/ s3.amazonaws.com/becketnewsite/…
Fueled by faith, these volunteers traveled to the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge, where migrant deaths are common, placing food & water along foot trails to prevent future deaths. 32 sets of human remains were recovered from this area in 2017 alone. 2/ credit: Google
Proving no good deed goes unpunished, the government criminally prosecuted the volunteers for entering the refuge & “abandoning property” (i.e., food & water) without a permit (even though no permit would allow them to leave food or water for migrants anyways). #Kafkaesque 3/
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