A woman in Maryland who identifies as a man has filed suit against a Catholic hospital for declining to perform a hysterectomy due to its religious convictions.
“An instrumentality of the state may not operate a Catholic hospital or deny medical care to transgender patients based on Catholic religious beliefs. By invoking Catholic religious doctrine as a basis for canceling … Hammons’ medically necessary surgery, defendants violated the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment,” the lawsuit states.
According to the legal challenge, the complainant, who goes by the name Jesse Hammons, was scheduled to have a hysterectomy at the University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center in January. Hammons is “married” to Lura Groen, who leads Abiding Savior Lutheran Church in Columbia.
However, the hospital — a Roman Catholic facility that was acquired by the University of Maryland in 2012 while retaining its religious nature — canceled the surgery, citing adherence to the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services (ERDs). Continue to read the full story here.
This is not the first instance where personal convictions have led people to conflicting paths with church organizations or people’s religious beliefs.
Just recently, a man was battling a court case in which she is accused of refusing to bake a gay themed cake. The customers who wanted to have a gay marriage thought that her decline to provide the service was more on discrimination and hate than personal religious beliefs.
In Kentucky, another woman was sued for refusing to issue a marriage certificate to a gay couple, again following her religious convictions. The media rallied against her and cited her personal life in a bid to cast contempt and ridicule on her religious convictions. It was a relief when the burden was lifted off of her.
All these acts continue to show the extent to which the world has sunk into immorality that what the Bible defines as an abomination, man defines as a human right.