Friday, January 06, 2017

Catholic Hospital Sued Over Refusal Of Sex Reassignment Surgery

Lambda Legal announced yesterday that it has filed a lawsuit in New Jersey federal district court against a Catholic hospital that refused, on religious grounds, to allow a surgeon to perform a hysterectomy on a transgender man as part of his gender reassignment.  The complaint (full text) in Conforti v. St. Joseph's Healthcare System, (D NJ, file 1/5/2017), contends that the refusal discriminates on the basis of sex and gender identity in violation of the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination, and that it constitutes discrimination on the basis of sex in violation of Sec. 1557 of the Affordable Care Act.  According to AP, the hospital says it makes decisions in conformance with ethical and religious guidelines of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.