By Bil Browning
The University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson, Maryland is being sued after refusing to treat a transgender man. The facility says it follows the “Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services” drawn up by church officials.
The University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) purchased the hospital in 2012 but it is run by the organization Catholic Health Initiatives, and an agreement with the Archdiocese of Baltimore means that physicians and health care professionals at the hospital have to follow the Catholic guidelines.
Jesse Hammons is suing for violation of his First and Fourth Amendment constitutional rights and his rights under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in federal 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.
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