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Transgender man sues hospital for refusing sex reassignment surgery: 'Catholic hospitals do not perform sterilizing procedures'

Was this a case of discrimination or religious conviction?

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On Monday's episode of "Pseudo-Intellectual," Lauren Chen and Liam Donovan talked about a Catholic hospital in California that is being sued for refusing to perform a hysterectomy on a transgender man as part of a gender reassignment process.

The hospital, Mercy San Juan Medical Center, canceled Evan Minton's surgery two days before the procedure was scheduled after discovering that he is transgender.

The hospital claimed the reason for canceling had nothing to do with Minton's status as transgender, but because "Catholic hospitals do not perform sterilizing procedures" based on "the Catholic Church's theological and moral teachings."

"Catholic hospitals do not perform sterilizing procedures such as hysterectomies for any patient regardless of their gender identity, unless there is a serious threat to the life or health of the patient," read a statement released by hospital management. "Courts have repeatedly recognized the right of faith-based hospitals not to provide services based on their religious principles. ... In this case, Mr. Minton was able to quickly receive the sought-after procedure at another nearby Dignity Health hospital that is not Catholic-affiliated."

Is refusing to provide patients with gender-reassignment surgery the same as denying life-saving health care on a discriminatory basis? Should Catholic hospitals have a right to refuse to perform operations that violate their convictions? Lauren and Liam weigh in.

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