ACLU Sues Georgia for Ban on Medicaid-Provided Gender Alteration Procedures

The far-left American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has filed a lawsuit against the state of Georgia, after the state’s Department of Community Health refused to allow two men to undergo gender-altering surgeries through Medicaid, as reported by The Hill.

Filed on Thursday, the ACLU is representing 45-year-old Shon Thomas and 60-year-old Gwendolyn Cheeny, two black men who believe that they are women. Both are enrolled in Georgia Medicaid and recently sought to undergo so-called “gender-affirming” care via Medicaid. The ACLU claims that the state’s  refusal to do so is a violation of the Constitution, the Medicaid Act, and the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare.

The two men “have each been denied health care because of Georgia’s unconstitutional and unlawful ban on gender-affirming care for transgender people,” the ACLU said in a statement. “If they were not transgender, Georgia Medicaid would cover the procedures they seek. This is discrimination, and it is against the law.”

The ACLU further claimed, without providing any evidence, that Georgia’s refusal to do so is causing “significant and avoidable harms to their health and well-being, in violation of the U.S. Constitution and federal law.”

Georgia is one of 10 states that forbids Medicaid from providing such gender-alteration procedures, in addition to a handful of other states that have cracked down on the attempted mainstreaming of “transgenderism.” Transgenderism is an idea pushed by the far-left, that has since become accepted by the mainstream Left, which claims that there are more than two genders, and that an individual can change their gender on a whim if they feel like it.

Previously understood as a mental illness known as “gender dysphoria,” the Left in recent years has claimed that the best treatment for such an illness is to cater to the delusions of the afflicted by treating them as if they truly are of the opposite gender, including undergoing surgeries to alter their bodies. This has since spread to create broader problems, including allowing men who identify as women to engage in women’s sports and use women’s restrooms and locker rooms, a trend that multiple states have been pushing back on in recent months.

About Eric Lendrum

Eric Lendrum graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was the Secretary of the College Republicans and the founding chairman of the school’s Young Americans for Freedom chapter. He has interned for Young America’s Foundation, the Heritage Foundation, and the White House, and has worked for numerous campaigns including the 2018 re-election of Congressman Devin Nunes (CA-22). He is currently a co-host of The Right Take podcast.

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