ACLU Sues Catholic Hospital for Not Performing Transgender Surgery

A transgender individual whose hysterectomy surgery was canceled by a Catholic hospital due to religious objections sued the medical institution last week, alleging discrimination and violations of constitutionally protected rights.

Jesse Hammons, who was born female but identifies as male, was scheduled to undergo a hysterectomy in January. Yet one week prior to the surgery, the hospital – St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson, Md. – contacted Hammons to cancel it.

St. Joseph said it was bound by the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services, which were created by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, according to The Baltimore Sun.