Trump administration shuts down Obama’s transgender policy

President Donald Trump’s administration has finalized a regulation to revoke Obama-era policy on transgender health care.

The policy shift was completed on Friday and will now define gender as a person’s biological sex.

The regulation established under former President Barack Obama defined gender as a person’s internal sense of being male, female, neither or a combination.

An hospital could be required to perform gender-transition procedures such as hysterectomies under the Obama-era federal rule.

The rule was meant to carry out the anti-discrimination section of the Affordable Care Act, which bars sex discrimination in health care.

LGBTQ groups argue that explicit protections are needed for people seeking sex-reassignment treatment and for transgender people who need medical care for common conditions, while women’s groups say the new regulations also restrict access to abortion.

Activists and Democratic lawmakers noted that the reversal comes in the middle of LGBTQ Pride Month.

Behind the dispute over legal rights is a medically recognized condition called “gender dysphoria” — discomfort or distress caused by a discrepancy between the gender that a person identifies as and the gender at birth.

Treatment can range from sex-reassignment surgery and hormones to people changing their outward appearance by adopting a different hairstyle or clothing.

Activists and Democratic lawmakers noted that the reversal comes in the middle of LGBTQ Pride Month.

Behind the dispute over legal rights is a medically recognized condition called “gender dysphoria” — discomfort or distress caused by a discrepancy between the gender that a person identifies as and the gender at birth.

Treatment can range from sex-reassignment surgery and hormones to people changing their outward appearance by adopting a different hairstyle or clothing.

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