Federal Judge Rules Catholic Hospital Must Perform Trans Surgery

A federal court judge determined that St. Joseph Medical Center, a Catholic hospital in Maryland, unlawfully discriminated against a transgender man who is a biological female by denying her a hysterectomy. The patient, Jesse Hammons, was represented by the American Civil Liberties Union in legal action against the University of Maryland Medical System, which manages the hospital.

In the ruling, district court judge Deborah Chasanow wrote, “This court has determined that undisputed facts establish that, as a matter of law, Defendants discriminated against Plaintiff on the basis of his sex.” Additionally, the judge claimed that the hospital’s refusal to perform the surgery broke state anti-discrimination laws and that by receiving funding from Medicare and Medicaid, the hospital had also breached a provision of the Affordable Care Act.

However, according to the Christian Post, the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals issued an order preventing the Biden administration’s Department of Health and Human Services from implementing finalized regulations related to Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act on several Catholic organizations.

The Court ruled that the Biden administration could not mandate healthcare institutions with religious affiliations to fund or offer irreversible transgender treatments, including surgeries. The decision was made after Biden’s HHS’s interpretation of Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act defined “sex” as including “gender identity.”

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