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Transgender plaintiff sues Catholic hospital for refusing to perform sex-reassignment surgery

January 05, 2017

A New Jersey woman has brought suit againt a Catholic hospital for refusing to allow gender-reassignment surgery.

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Jionni Conforti, who now identifies herself as a man, said that she was “completely disrespected as a person” by St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Paterson, where she had been scheduled for surgery. The hospital declined to go through with the procedure—a hysterectomy—because it was done solely for sex-reassignment purposes. The lawsuit cites the hospital’s promise that patients will receive medical care without regard to their “gender identity or expression.”

The New Jersey lawsuit comes just after a federal court ruling in Texas that hospitals operated by religious institutions cannot be required to perform procedures that are contrary to their religious principles.


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  • Posted by: 1Jn416 - Jan. 05, 2017 8:06 PM ET USA

    The trouble here is that the hospital promises to provide medical care without regard to gender identity or expression, and the plaintiff sees the surgery as medical care, when in reality, it is the mutilation of her body. I'm sure if a person dressed and identifying as the opposite gender came into the ER for help, they would get care. That's what the hospital policy means. Not that they will provide immoral surgeries.