ACLU Sues Catholic Hospital For Refusing to Perform Transition Surgery on Transgender Patient (VIDEO)

[Photo: Jose Luis Villegas]
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Reminiscent of the sad case with the now-closed Sweet Cakes Bakery (the folks who felt uncomfortable with making a gay-marriage wedding cake), a much more unfortunate situation has a Catholic hospital in the midst of a court battle.

Because a woman psychologically identifies as a man (Evan Michael Minton), she has partnered with the ACLU in a mission to legally reprimand a religious-based hospital that’s unwilling to facilitate a surgical alteration.

[TransMan: Evan Michael Minton | Image via The Sacramento Bee]
While “transition surgery” or “sex-reassignment surgery” is ultimately not a life-saving procedure, some folks think otherwise. Regardless, medical centers and institutions exist to assess such things—the former being the case. Furthermore, with psychological identification in mind, said operation doesn’t dictate a person’s “gender.” (Because they don’t need surgery to “identify” and legitimize whether they’re a man or woman.) Ultimately, a religious hospital has its right to not perpetuate fantasy.

Due to Minton seemingly refusing to seek services elsewhere, she/he has decided to project her/his misery onto everyone else—Dignity Health’s Mercy San Juan Medical Center being the target. This Catholic-based institution is fighting litigation—compliments of the ACLU.

Within the suit, Minton is staunch in his/her desire to have their vagina altered to a penis. Minton argues Mercy San Juan denied him/her the procedure and is being “discriminatory” toward his/her reality.

However, this sort of misery-based behavior is an attention-getting ploy and again causes unnecessary complications and difficulties for others.

[Video: courtesy of The Sacramento Bee]

The Blaze caught the case details:

“Sacramento Defense Attorney Johnny Griffin believes that Minton has a case against the hospital, which seeks $4000 in damages. ‘It kind of goes back to the whole ‘separate but equal’ years ago, where it was OK to discriminate but as long as you provide something that was equally balanced,’ Griffin said. ‘So, this is why this is an area of the law that needs to be settled by the courts.’

The hospital itself says that they could no perform the transition surgery ‘in accordance with the Ethical and Religious Directives (ERDs) for Catholic Health Care Services and the medical staff bylaws.’

‘We have not been served with the complaint and cannot speak to the allegations until we have the opportunity to review them,’ Dignity Health Mercy San Juan officials said in a statement. ‘What we can share is that at Dignity Health Mercy San Juan Medical Center, the services we provide are available to all members of the communities we serve without discrimination. We understand how important this surgery is for transgender individuals, and we’re happy to provide Mr. Minton and his surgeon the use of another Dignity Health hospital for his surgery within a few days.’”

Minton opted to make a selfish example out of the hospital via legal retaliation due to “damages.”

But this case might have the outcome of Burwell v. Hobby Lobby—religious freedom allows a business to dismiss anything/anyone that/who negates their spiritual tradition(s).


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