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COMMENTARY: Catholics must, with due care and concern for those afflicted by gender dysphoria, push back against the grave error of gender ideology and reaffirm the objective truths about the human person.

By Andrea M. Picciotti-Bayer, EWTN, News, August 16, 2022

A few years ago none of us had heard of “trans-medicine.” It sounded like something from a low-budget science fiction movie. Now most of us have. It’s real and it’s dangerous.

Despite medical and moral concerns — particularly when it comes to children — the federal government insists that hospitals and health-care professionals provide “gender-affirming” procedures and therapies and that health insurance plans cover the costs. Lawsuits filed by Catholic health-care institutions and doctors may well offer the only chance to stop the madness.

Some background (it’s pretty complicated): In 2016, President Obama’s Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) interpreted the anti-discrimination provision in Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to prohibit health-care providers that receive federal funding or participate in ACA exchanges from discriminating on the basis of “gender identity.”…

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