Jesse Hammons, a transgender man, is suing the University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical center after being denied for treatment. He is being refused on the basis of “Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services”. The hospital does have an agreement with the Archdiocese of Baltimore which states that the healthcare professionals at the hospital have to follow Catholic guidelines.
Mr. Hammons is using his First and Fourth Amendment and his rights under the Affordable Care Act as basis in court.
Hammon’s physicians recommended a hysterectomy to treat his gender dysphoria, but the hospital refused to perform the procedure. He says an administrator cited the directive and told him that gender dysphoria did not qualify as a medical issue that they were required to treat.
There is a conflict of interest in the catholic hospital because they hospital states that this goes against their morals. The hospital only performs hysterectomies on cisgender women. This is due to a society that starts brainwashing an absurd idea of two genders from the moment birth happens and often before.
A Catholic healthcare organization will not perform actions that “immoral, such as abortion, euthanasia, assisted suicide, and direct sterilization”.
There is a huge gap in education among the health care community and that is why it is essential to the lives of all people to have an affirming directory. Mr. Hammons shouldn’t have to find affirming places because all healthcare should serve all people. Until that time, we are building this directory so queer and trans people may be able to have their interventions quicker in order to live free.
With an affirming directory, LGBTQ and the transgender community have a resource to receive proper healthcare. This way, when they need to have a hysterectomy, they can go to an affirming doctor who will perform the procedure and provide the proper bedside manner to give proper care.
It is imperative that transgender patients are going to providers who are trained and cater to the transgender community. It is a very specialized kind of care that is needed and having an affirming places of healthcare can provide a lot of relief to the community. Our hope is that all healthcare providers receive education in school and provide the care that saves lives rather than puts out the trauma that takes lives.