WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 28: U.S. President Donald Trump answers questions while meeting with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis in the Oval Office of the White House on April 28, 2020 in Washington, DC. Trump met with DeSantis to discuss ways that Florida is planning to gradually re-open the state in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Doug Mills/The New York Times/Pool/Getty Images)

The government of the United States announced on Friday (12) a rule that changes the definition of gender to “male or female defined by biology”, a change that can leave transgender people vulnerable to discrimination when seeking medical treatment or health plans.

The new standard, announced by the Department of Health, affects doctors, hospitals and insurance companies that receive federal funds.

This measure replaces another rule that had been approved in 2016 by former President Barack Obama, who for the first time included in the regulation a broad definition of gender, which could be “male, female, none or a combination of male and female”.

The regulation passed by Obama to prohibit discrimination did not fully take effect because it was suspended by a Texas judge in December 2016.

Announced on the day that marks the fourth anniversary of the massacre at the gay Pulse nightclub in Orlando, the standard approved by current President Donald Trump can consequently grant legal protection to doctors who refuse to treat transgender patients based on personal beliefs .

Other possible consequences of the measure would be to hinder access to health plans and other benefits, including the practice of abortion. Since arriving at the White House in 2017, Donald Trump has undermined LGBT rights – a gesture supported by the conservative electoral base.

The trustee has also taken steps to hinder access to abortion, such as withdrawing public funds from family planning clinics that offer abortions or refer these procedures to other specialists.


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