Transgender Woman Sues To Force Catholic Hospital To Remove Her Healthy Uterus

Transgender Woman Sues To Force Catholic Hospital To Remove Her Healthy Uterus

[The hospital participates in the same “terminal insanity of twenty-first-century American progressive politics” by its patient bill of rights guaranteeing medical services without discrimination based on “gender identity or expression” and thus may be hoisted on its own petard]

By Daniel Payne
JANUARY 6, 2017

If you want a perfect picture of the terminal insanity of twenty-first-century American progressive politics, look no further than Jionni Conforti v. St. Joseph’s Healthcare System, Inc, et al. This lawsuit, filed in the District Court of New Jersey, encapsulates both the psychosis of liberal dogma and the existential threat that liberalism poses to many core constitutional liberties.

The plaintiff in this case, Jionni Conforti, is a woman, but she believes she is a man. Consequently, she desires a hysterectomy to make her body more like a male’s. Conforti’s conviction is, to say the very least, a delusion. It’s one entirely worthy of our sympathy and understanding, but a delusion nonetheless. Yet we are increasingly becoming a society that indulges delusions, even celebrates them, so Conforti’s primary care physician, who in any sane legal framework would be guilty of malpractice, advised her to “take steps…to align [herself] with [her] true sex.” Ergo, the hysterectomy.

There was a problem, however: Conforti sought to have her hysterectomy by way of St. Joseph’s Health Care System. St. Joseph’s is a Catholic institution, so informed Conforti that she is not eligible for an operation under their roof. The Catholic Church is opposed to the needless removal of healthy reproductive organs, which is precisely what Conforti was after, and so they told her she would have to seek her surgery elsewhere.

Hence, the lawsuit: Conforti believes she is entitled to force St. Joseph’s to remove her uterus, whatever their objections, no matter her delusions. The lawsuit itself comprises an essay in breathtaking madness. It states, for instance, that “Gender identity…is the primary factor in determining a person’s sex,” which is as objectively false a statement as one can imagine. But crazier lawsuits have succeeded, and it is not impossible to imagine that St. Joseph’s will indeed be forced to take part in Conforti’s “gender” “reassignment.”

As a legal matter, the issue is interesting and important: does Conforti have a viable claim under New Jersey and federal law? She may yet have one under both, although the federal question is an open one. Just a few days ago a federal judge issued a temporary injunction regarding an Obama administration rule within the Affordable Care Act that would force doctors to perform these types of surgeries. If that rule stands, then Conforti may indeed have a leg to stand on as far as federal law goes.

The political question, however, is of much more significant import, chiefly because it underlines the totalitarian impulse found within much of American progressivism these days. There is no reason, after all, that Conforti could not have taken herself to another hospital to get her operation. There are surely other hospitals in Paterson, New Jersey, and in nearby towns. But liberalism, particularly its various strains of sexual fanaticism, is increasingly unable to tolerate pluralism or even the pretense of pluralism.

The issue is not health care per se, but dissent. The primary purpose of this lawsuit is not to deliver health care (since a needless hysterectomy is not health care but useless butchery). The motive instead is to break a Catholic institution to the saddle of liberal orthodoxy.

Whatever the outcome of this case, the facts remain as such: Jionni Conforti is a woman, not a man; the hysterectomy she desires is neither “medically necessary” nor advisable; and St. Joseph’s is perfectly within its rights to refuse to perform an operation that goes against its beliefs. With any luck, the court will find for the hospital and rule against this anti-scientific assault on our constitutional rights. If not, you can expect this kind of authoritarian nonsense to spread—perhaps soon to a hospital near you.

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2 comments on “Transgender Woman Sues To Force Catholic Hospital To Remove Her Healthy Uterus

  1. Gender-REASSIGNMENT surgery!? Like … seriously? CWN is majorly incredibly insensitive! It’s called gender CONFIRMATION surgery. It’s making the body reflect the gender that is already present! Get it right! Oy!

    /sarc (just in case)

  2. Woman launches suit to force Catholic hospital into doing ‘sex change’ surgery

    Lisa Bourne

    PATERSON, New Jersey, January 6, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – A New Jersey woman is suing the Catholic hospital in Paterson after it declined to perform a hysterectomy as part of a “gender reassignment.”

    Gay legal advocacy organization Lambda Legal filed suit January 5 against St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center, its parent health system, and the priest in charge of pastoral care and patient relations. They are alleging discrimination based on sex and gender identity.

    Citing federal and state law, the lawsuit alleges the hospital and Father Martin Rooney denied Jionni Conforti “medically necessary treatment” that would “help Jionni align himself with his true sex.”

    Requesting a jury trial, the suit seeks an injunction forcing the health system to provide gender reassignment and other similar treatment to gender-confused individuals, as well as damages for Conforti’s “emotional distress and suffering, embarrassment, humiliation, emotional pain and anguish, violation of his dignity, and loss of enjoyment of life.”

    Conforti had been scheduled for a complete hysterectomy in 2015. Her lawsuit says she was initially told by the head nurse in charge of surgery that she could have the procedure, but was later told by a hospital administrator that her surgeon could not perform the hysterectomy because the hospital was Catholic.

    “I felt completely disrespected,” Conforti said, according to the Associated Press. “That’s not how any hospital should treat any person regardless of who they are.”

    In a statement provided to LifeSiteNews, St. Joseph’s Healthcare System said the hospital follows the Catholic Ethical and Religious Directives (ERDs) promulgated in 2009 by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).

    “St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center is a leading Catholic healthcare institution serving one of the most diverse and underserved populations in New Jersey,” it said. “The Medical Center follows the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services in making decisions about care and treatment.”

    The ERD’s are guiding principles for Catholic hospitals to ensure they operate in line with Catholic teaching.

    The Directive governing sterilization procedures states:

    Direct sterilization of either men or women, whether permanent or temporary, is not permitted in a Catholic health care institution. Procedures that induce sterility are permitted when their direct effect is the cure or alleviation of a present and serious pathology and a simpler treatment is not available.

    Mental health experts have stated that “gender reassignment” is not likely to alleviate gender dysphoria and will generally result in leaving the gender-confused person with negative effects and regret.

    Conforti’s suit comes just after a Texas federal judge put a halt to new US Health and Human Services (HHS) regulations prohibiting discrimination based upon gender identity by doctors, hospitals, and insurers.

    Catholics and other opponents argue the Obama regulations put Catholic and other employers in a bind by forcing them to go against their morals, and cite Pope Francis’ comments upholding Catholic Church teaching that a person’s gender is determined by God and not alterable.

    The state of Texas filed suit in August on behalf of Catholic hospital network Franciscan Alliance and four other states.

    Judge Reed O’Connor ruled December 31 that religious hospitals would be forced to violate their beliefs or risk severe penalties if they did not amend their policies to be in line with the regulations that were set to go in effect January 1.

    Another legal challenge to the regulations came as well when a group of Catholic businesses and organizations, including and the Diocese of Fargo, filed in federal court last week in North Dakota.

    But another issue raised in the suit against the St. Joseph’s Healthcare System in the New Jersey case is the hospital’s patient bill of rights, which according to the suit guarantees treatment without discrimination and includes gender identity and expression.

    “Jionni has suffered emotional distress, humiliation, embarrassment, and a loss of dignity at the hands of St. Joseph’s Healthcare—who purportedly pride themselves on providing health care with a “patients first” approach,” it says. “St. Joseph’s Healthcare’s discriminatory actions are also contrary to the SJHS Patient Bill of Rights, which expressly entitles all patients to “treatment and medical services without discrimination based on . . . sex, . . . [and] gender identity or expression.”

    Conforti also complains that the hospital makes hysterectomies available to other women who are “cisgender” the descriptor of transgender activists for those who identify with their birth gender.

    She also was “shocked, confused and hurt” enough by the hospital’s decision according to her complaint that it left her with a wariness of obtaining care there, driving her to refuse treatment after an October 2016 car accident, when EMS told her she would have to pay for the ambulance ride to another hospital because it was further away than St. Joseph’s.

    Conforti said, “I don’t want other trans people to have to go through and feel what I felt.”

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