Judge Blocks Trump Admin. Rule On Transgender Health Care Protections

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Judge Blocks Trump Admin. Rule On Transgender Health Care Protections
Block said a recent Supreme Court ruling preventing transgender discrimination in the workplace has thrown the rule's legality into question.
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A federal judge blocked a Trump administration rule which would have ended health care discrimination protections against transgender Americans.

U.S. District Court Judge Frederic Block neutralized the federal Department of Health and Human Services rule Monday — hours before it was slated to take effect. 

Block said a recent Supreme Court ruling preventing transgender discrimination in the workplace has thrown the rule's legality into question.

He said, “When the Supreme Court announces a major decision, it seems a sensible thing to pause and reflect on the decision’s impact. Since HHS has been unwilling to take that path voluntarily, the court now imposes it.”

The Trump administration argued federal discrimination law "on the basis of sex" does not cover gender identity and finalized the rule days after the Supreme Court ruling.

HHS said the ruling was a disappointment. President Trump called it "horrible & politically charged."