(UnitedVoice.com) – Religious-based hospitals are under assault, though it was predictable and inevitable. Catholic hospitals are now being attacked by secularists who are trying to force them to violate church doctrine under the guise of medical care. However, the hospitals are fighting back and saying that what’s being asked of them isn’t medical care; it’s social care.
In California and Maryland, two Catholic hospitals are being sued for refusing to participate in the surgical transition process of transgender individuals.
The two patients say they are being discriminated against. The hospitals say they are being forced to consider violating their core values and religious beliefs. Additionally, 22 states joined up to sue the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for eliminating an Obama-era regulation that included protections against discrimination for LGBT persons.
Supreme Court Ruling Caused the Problem
In June, the Supreme Court ruled in a 6-3 vote in Bostock v. Clayton County that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects LGBT people from employment discrimination. The plaintiffs argued that the prohibition of discrimination based on sex should be expanded to include transgender individuals. Writing for the majority, Justice Neil Gorsuch wrote that he saw a strong case for gender identity to qualify as a “sex.” The justice admitted and warned that his opinion could create “massive social upheaval.”
Gorsuch was right.
This was predictable. Even though Bostock v. Clayton County dealt with employment discrimination, the ruling opened up the possibility that gender identity as a “sex” could be applied in other situations. In his acknowledgment, Gorsuch wrote that other issues involving religious liberties and LGBT matters would have to be resolved in separate litigation.
In Maryland, Jesse Hammons, who is a biological woman, is suing the University of Maryland Medical System and St. Joseph Medical Center (a Catholic-run hospital). Hammons claims he was discriminated against because he is transgender. He scheduled a procedure to have his uterus removed. However, when the hospital learned the uterus was healthy, the hysterectomy was canceled.
The position of the hospital is that they only remove organs that are failing, not healthy ones. It had nothing do with the person who is transgender. Additionally, the hospital would not provide a service to a woman who did not want to have children or a man seeking a vasectomy.
The ACLU took up the case in Hammons’ defense. It said that “a government agency cannot deny medical care based on religious beliefs…” St. Joseph says there are other hospitals in the network that can provide the surgery.
Medicine: The New Front in the Attack on Religious Liberties
Over the last few years, there have been many attacks against religious liberties. Thankfully, the court has consistently ruled on the side of people of faiths. Those who chose not to bake wedding cakes for gay weddings endured legal battles that were ultimately won at the Supreme Court. Then, there’s the case of the nuns with the Little Sisters of the Poor. The Obama administration attempted to force them to cover “the pill” against their religious beliefs.
However, the court’s history isn’t stopping secular progressives and the ACLU from using medicine as another battlefront. Justice Gorsuch’s position opened the door to this problem and the Supreme Court will ultimately have to solve it after unnecessarily complicating people’s lives.
The only thing that can come out of these cases is more bitter division among Americans.
By Don Purdum, Freelance Contributor
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