[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union [advocacy website] filed a motion [complaint, PDF] Monday to stay a federal court order [order, PDF] preventing the federal government from enforcing an Affordable Care Act (ACA) regulation that protects transgender people and women from discrimination in health care. The ACLU released a statement [press release]:
The nationwide injunction restrains the government from enforcing the regulation to prevent public and private healthcare providers, including hospitals and healthcare centers, from discriminating against transgender people and women. Such discrimination may include harassment, refusal to perform essential healthcare services like reproductive or gender-affirming care, and denials of insurance coverage for essential healthcare services.There have been no statements or counterarguments made by the plaintiffs of this case at this time.
Judge Reed O'Connor of the US District for the Northern District of Texas issued an injunction [JURIST report] last monthbarring enforcement of anti-discrimination provisions concerning transgender health and abortion in the ACA. Other provisions of the ACA also remain controversial. In November the Becket Fund announced it had filed suit challenging [JURIST report] a new Health and Human Services regulation on behalf of North Dakota and several Catholic organizations. In May the US Supreme Court remanded a group of cases [JURIST report] challenging the birth control mandate in the ACA to the lower courts for further proceedings.