A transgender man who was born female has filed a federal lawsuit against a Catholic hospital in New Jersey for refusing to allow a surgeon to perform a hysterectomy as part of a gender transition due to the facility’s religious beliefs.
Jionni Conforti, 33, from Totowa, alleged in the suit that staff at St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center initially gave the go-ahead for the surgery, and a surgeon was prepared to perform the procedure in 2015 when a hospital administrator said that “as a Catholic Hospital we would not be able to allow your surgeon to schedule this surgery,” NorthJersey.com reports.
In an email sent to Conforti, the Rev. Martin Rooney, director of mission services at St. Joseph, wrote, “This is to follow up to your email inquiring about scheduling a total hysterectomy here at St. Joseph’s to remove all female parts based on the medical necessity for Gender Reassignment. This is to inform you that as a Catholic Hospital we would not be able to allow your surgeon to schedule this surgery here at St. Joseph’s.”
Conforti said he felt “completely disrespected as a person,” according to The Associated Press. “That’s not how any hospital should treat any person regardless of who they are. A hospital is a place where you should feel safe and taken care of. Instead I felt like I was rejected and humiliated.”
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