The state of North Dakota is now the sixth state to sue the Obama administration over rules that some believe might require doctors to aid patients who desire to undergo gender transition treatments—from hormone therapy to mastectomies—despite their convictions or belief that the procedure would not be beneficial for the person. “The regulation … undermines the longstanding sovereign power of states such as North Dakota to regulate healthcare, ensure appropriate standards of medical judgment, and protect its citizens’ constitutional and civil rights,”

the suit, filed on Monday by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, reads. “Under this rule, states are now required to force all healthcare professionals at state-run facilities to participate in medical transition procedures (including hormone therapy, plastic surgery, hysterectomies, and gender reassignment surgery), and to cover those procedures in the states’ health insurance plans, even if a doctor believes such procedures are harmful to the patient,” it states. FULL REPORT