Prognosis: Complicated

August 29, 2016

(U.S. News & World Report) – Debates over religious liberty are as old as the republic, but recent policies have reignited the public’s interest in them. Whether it’s President Barack Obama’s signature health care law or an expansion of LGBT rights, groups on the right have taken notice and are fighting back against policies they say are infringing on their right to practice religion. The latest example came this week from states and religious groups who claim the Obama administration’s rule against discrimination of transgender patients would obligate them to perform gender reassignment surgeries on children. The plaintiffs say the rule infringes on their medical judgment and religious beliefs, while proponents have pointed out that it does not, in fact, require specific procedures at all.