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Fargo Diocese joins suit against federal health care rules on abortion, gender transition surgery

FARGO -- The Diocese of Fargo and a group representing Catholic employers have filed a lawsuit in federal district court in North Dakota opposing federal health care coverage requirements that include gender transition surgery and abortion, the e...

Bishop John Folda
Bishop John Folda

FARGO - The Diocese of Fargo and a group representing Catholic employers have filed a lawsuit in federal district court in North Dakota opposing federal health care coverage requirements that include gender transition surgery and abortion, the employers' group said Wednesday, Dec. 28.

The Catholic Benefits Association, which represents employers such as Catholic parishes and hospitals, said the rules contradict Catholic values.

"We ask only for the freedom to serve consistent with our conscience and our Catholic faith," Bishop John Folda of the Diocese of Fargo said in a statement. "While we do not discriminate against individuals because of their orientation, our Catholic values will not permit us to pay for or facilitate actions that are contrary to our faith."

The Catholic Benefits Association said the federal rules require Catholic hospitals and health care providers to perform gender transition surgery and abortions. They also require Catholic employers to cover such surgery and their group insurers to cover abortions.

The association said Pope Francis has reiterated Catholic teachings opposed to abortion and theories that gender is mutable or fluid.

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