The state of Texas has sued the Biden administration to stop a new rule forcing doctors to perform gender mutilation procedures from going into effect.

Specifically, Attorney General Ken Paxton, along with the state of Montana, filed the lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, its Secretary Xavier Becerra, and others in the Biden administration.

The new rule adopted by HHS aims to force states to pay for gender mutilation surgeries through Medicaid programs and would require doctors to carry out gender surgeries regardless of any state law against the practice.

“This is yet another example of Joe Biden trying to sidestep the Constitution and use agency rulemaking to advance unpopular, unlawful, and destructive policies,” Paxton said in a press release today. “We are suing to stop the Biden Administration from withholding federal healthcare funds to force medical professionals to perform these experimental and dangerous procedures.”

Effectively, the rule—first touted by the Biden administration in May—would seek to defund healthcare providers nationwide who refused to perform sex mutilation surgeries.

“Under the new rule, any medical institution that refuses to perform the procedures can be stripped of all federal healthcare funds, including federal Medicaid and Medicare dollars,” explains the attorney general’s press release. “This rule further claims to preempt any state laws forbidding such procedures.”

Texas has been relentlessly fighting back against the permeation of radical gender ideology. For example, following an investigation into Texas Children’s Hospital last year—which revealed that the hospital was continuing to administer puberty blockers to children after it pledged to stop—the state passed a law confirming that these abusive medical procedures are illegal for children.

Yet the promotion of transgenderism continues to run rampant in Texas. For example, the University of North Texas Health Science Center has been teaching transgender medical procedures and Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion measures.

Will Biagini

Will was born in Louisiana and raised in a military family. He currently serves as a journalist with Texas Scorecard. Previously, he was a senior correspondent for Campus Reform.