The administration of Donald Trump announced Friday it is eliminating an Obama-era regulation prohibiting discrimination in health care against patients who are transgender.
The new policy by Trump has been long awaited by his religious and conservative supporters. In the new policy established on Friday, gender is now defined as a person’s biological sex, unlike Obama regulation that defined gender as a person’s internal sense of being either, male, female, neither or a combination.
There are also moves by the administration to restrict transgender men and women from serving in the military.
Under former president Barack Obama administration rule, hospitals in the United States could be required to perform gender-transition operations (changing from boy to girl or vice versa), such as hysterectomies (removing of the womb).
The Obama-era rule made it easy for people to transform from boys to girls or from girls to boys, but with Trump putting an end to it, there will be difficulty going forward.
Already Lesbian Bi-sexual Gay, Transgender and Queer (LBGTQ) groups are protesting the new by Trump.