EUREKA, Calif. — A woman who identifies as a man has filed suit against a Roman Catholic hospital for declining to allow her surgeon to perform a hysterectomy for a requested “sex-change” operation.
“Upon information and belief, it is because defendant as a matter of religious policy is prohibited from providing gender-affirming care that it categorized … Knight’s hysterectomy as a ‘sterilization’ and refused to provide this medically necessary treatment,” the lawsuit reads.
The woman, who goes by the name Oliver Knight, began receiving hormone treatment in 2015 and underwent a double mastectomy the following year. Her doctor then recommended that she obtain a hysterectomy with bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy to further “treat” Knight, meaning that her uterus, fallopian tubes and ovaries would all be removed.
Knight scheduled the procedure at St. Joseph Hospital in Eureka, and underwent pro-op protocol. Minutes before the operation was to begin, she was informed by her surgeon that the operation had been canceled.
The lawsuit states that Knight began crying and shaking, and was given medicine for an anxiety attack. She called her roommate to give her a ride home.
Knight underwent the operation at another facility, but contracted an infection following the surgery, and has now filed suit in alleging that St. Joseph Hospital discriminated against her and violated the California Unruh Act.
“Knight’s medical records show that the decision to cancel … Knight’s medically necessary care was initiated by an ‘Ethics Assessment’ completed by David Groe,” the complaint states. “Defendant does not prohibit physicians at
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