Catholic Hospital Denounced For Refusing Gender Reassignment

A judge has condemned a Catholic hospital for refusing to perform a hysterectomy – removal of the uterus – on a “transgender” woman, saying it was gender discrimination.

Jesse Hammons, a woman who identifies as transgender, has filed a lawsuit against St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Towson, Maryland, claiming she was the victim of “discrimination” based on gender after the hospital refused to mutilate her with a hysterectomy she wanted to undergo as part of a gender transition.

The hysterectomy was scheduled for Jan. 6, 2020, but days before, the Catholic hospital said it would not perform the medical procedure under the “Catholic Health Services Guidelines” (HCDS) promulgated by the Conference. of the Catholic bishops of the United States.

In these guidelines, the bishops explain that “direct sterilization of men or women is not permitted in a Catholic healthcare facility.” Direct sterilization means: motivated solely for the purpose of sterilization, and not for a medical cause such as uterine cancer. Moral theology calls this direct sterilization “mutilation.”

Faced with this refusal, Jesse Hammons filed a lawsuit against the hospital, which received the support of the National Catholic Bioethics Center (NCBC), which argued that “gender transition, whatever it is, is inherently disordered”. .

The NCBC adds that such procedures are not “consistent with the true good of the human person, which is a union of body and soul unalterably created as male or female.” They conclude, “Gender transition should never be effected, encouraged, or positively affirmed as a good in Catholic health care.”

The Doomed Hospital

However, Senior District Court Judge for Maryland Deborah K. Chasanow sided with Hammos and strongly criticized the ethics presented by NCBC, calling it “discriminatory.”

In her judgment, the judge found that the facts “demonstrate that the decision to overturn Ms Hammons’ hysterectomy under a policy prohibiting gender-sensitive care constitutes discrimination on the basis of her sex”.

Joseph Meaney, president of the NCBC, stressed that this stop means a capital danger for Catholic hospitals in the United States, because these health centers “are going to be forced and attacked legally for not providing interventions for transgender people”. Thus, “forcing this kind of intervention would amount to the destruction of Catholic health care,” Meaney said.

If this judgment were to be confirmed in the future, it would indeed be a serious danger for Catholic care centers. In addition, this judgment goes against a recent promise by President Joe Biden, affirming that these care centers would not be worried, and that they would benefit from conscientious objection…

In any case, refusing an act of mutilation, which would have been condemned by heavy penalties 30 years ago, is judged today as an act of “discrimination”.

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