Catholic Hospital Sued for Refusal to Do Sex Change Surgery

jionni-conforti(LifeSiteNews) – A New Jersey woman is suing the Catholic hospital in Paterson after it declined to perform a hysterectomy as part of a “gender reassignment.”

Gay legal advocacy organization Lambda Legal filed suit January 5 against St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center, its parent health system, and the priest in charge of pastoral care and patient relations. They are alleging discrimination based on sex and gender identity.

Citing federal and state law, the lawsuit alleges the hospital and Father Martin Rooney denied Jionni Conforti “medically necessary treatment” that would “help Jionni align himself with his true sex.”

Requesting a jury trial, the suit seeks an injunction forcing the health system to provide gender reassignment and other similar treatment to gender-confused individuals, as well as damages for Conforti’s “emotional distress and suffering, embarrassment, humiliation, emotional pain and anguish, violation of his dignity, and loss of enjoyment of life.”

Conforti had been scheduled for a complete hysterectomy in 2015. Her lawsuit says she was initially told by the head nurse in charge of surgery that she could have the procedure, but was later told by a hospital administrator that her surgeon could not perform the hysterectomy because the hospital was Catholic.

“I felt completely disrespected,” Conforti said, according to the Associated Press. “That’s not how any hospital should treat any person regardless of who they are.”

In a statement provided to LifeSiteNews, St. Joseph’s Healthcare System said the hospital follows the Catholic Ethical and Religious Directives (ERDs) promulgated in 2009 by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).

“St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center is a leading Catholic healthcare institution serving one of the most diverse and underserved populations in New Jersey,” it said. “The Medical Center follows the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services in making decisions about care and treatment.”

The ERD’s are guiding principles for Catholic hospitals to ensure they operate in line with Catholic teaching….

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  • Janet Julien

    Typical. If the Alternate community doesn’t like the answer they are given, they boo hoo and sue. and another institution is denied the chance to help others in need due to the lack of funds because of these lawsuits

  • Defendthebillofrights

    Federal Law

    Amendment I
    “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people to peaceably assemble, and to petition the Government for the redress of grievances.”

    State Law is to reflect the intent of the Federal as they agreed to on their admittance into the Union.

    The past 40 years has seen an organized move to water down the intent of our constitution and rights so that Globalization can be instituted. Regarding Globalization and their plans for the future one has to ask the question – if it is such a good thing why is it a secret.

    • unclealfie

      Was there a point there?

      • rodnirving

        The point is that the Federal government has grown too large and out of control.It was never meant to be the behemoth it has become. Go to a secular hospital and do not seek to force a religious institution to go against its precepts.

      • Defendthebillofrights

        If you don’t get the law of the land I’m sure not going to be able to help you.

      • Tomahawk

        Yeah, there is. Get someone to read the article to you. There’s a point in that statement, too.

  • Beverly Bogunovich

    Come on now, Government does not belong in the fkn bedroom. Reduce size of Government, and use the justice system to defend freedom, not to obstruct it!!!

    • Oreisha

      That’s another thing that should be changed. Frivolous law suits, and LAWYERS who take and encourage suits like this!! Ambulance chasers, they tie up our courts, and cause a lot of heartache, for their own riches.

  • Motorhead

    I will do it…just let me sharpen my guillotine! God bless America and the 82nd Airborne!

    • DrBarbara

      Thanks for your service, Motorhead. My Dad and Grandson were both in the 101st airborne.

      • Motorhead

        How are you Doc? Great Unit…my son in the 101st ! God bless America and the 101st Airborne!

  • The only reason this nominally sane person went to a catholic hospital is because it was known that the faith of those operating these facilities will not allow these procedures-therefore,they will be able to sue.SICK!!

    • DrBarbara

      You hit the nail on the head. There are hundreds, or thousands of other facilities that would be glad to convert this pervert into whatever (he/she/it) wants. “It” is looking for media attention and a big settlement.

      • Gym

        Slightly off topic but DrBarbara is spot on. In Chicago, rahmbo sends his parking ticket thugs into the White working class neighborhoods to write their quota, because they know the obamavoters will never pay a fine and get away with it, Scott free.

      • postal67

        [He-She-it] rhymes with He-sh-it

    • It;s just another sick attempt to attack those that believe differently than themselves, We have to accept their sick perversions by force, so they can feel legitimate.

    • Bob De Line

      The article points out that this person is not nominally sane. It says this person is confused about gender identity.

  • unclealfie

    Oh, just sew a dildo on the damn freak and discharge him!

  • stopspending4

    So now doctors and medical professionals can not decide what is best medicine for a patient and refuse service if they think it is not the best. Will plastic surgeons be required to make boobs that will destroy a women’s body? Will they be required to give gastric bypass to an anorexic patient because the patient thinks they are fat? Will a doctor be required to implant 8 fetuses – octymom style_ because the gov says it is sexist not to? Let’s hope this foolishness stops on Jan 20

  • Pure violation by the lawsuit based on the First Amendement.


    The Vatican is a part of The International Pedophile Network kidnapping and molesting children.

    • DrBarbara

      And your point is?

  • cp123

    They will win. It’s a new day.

  • Fedup

    This group of people go out searching for those individuals and/or businesses they KNOW will refuse to do their bidding in order to force them to accept their mandates. And they wonder why people resent them.

    • Jesusprotectus

      You are right…just to sue. They always go after Christians. She should have gone to muslims, I’m sure they would have taken care of it.

      • deejay02

        They would have started at the neck with scalpel.

    • Oldschool

      It is the same thing the two lesbians did when they targeted the bakery in Oregon!! They are the lowest of the low life, and yet they want to be accepted/loved for being good citizens! They went to several bakeries until they found a Christian couple who would not make them a cake for their perversion in getting married.

      • Oreisha

        This ticked me off too. I can’t understand why people who own a business cannot deny a request that they are not comfortable doing, and honesty will get you nowhere. They could have just told that couple that they didn’t have time to cater to their wedding. I wouldn’t even trust someone who was forced to do something against their will. Could have really messed the cake up, then they probably would be sued over that!!!

  • Mark

    GOOD for this Catholic Hospital

  • juan robledo

    Why she a hospital that’s there to care and provide emergency medical care for those who require it, but for a elective surgery that this woman wants, then she needs to head to south America where she can get her surgery done and leave this hospital be

  • C.Henry

    It’s pretty simple , go to a different Hospital !!. Why did she ( ? ) pick this one , knowing it’s a Catholic Hospital and there beliefs are not following gender modification .But never mind what you
    ( Catholics ) believe, it’s what I believe just liberal thinking you don’t like us ( me ) so were going to sue …………..

    • rocky49

      Probably looking for money to pay for the surgery!!!!

  • temporary guest

    ” … Conforti’s “emotional distress and suffering, embarrassment, humiliation, emotional pain and anguish, violation of his dignity, and loss of enjoyment of life.” ”

    Somebody should have called Conforti a waaaaaammbulance and had him taken to the nearest atheist run hospital.

    Uh …. oh …. come to think of it there are no hospitals in the United States started by and run by atheist… are there?

    Hey, LGBT, atheist. secularists and satanist… opportunity is knocking. You could be the first to start a hospital that doesn’t give a rip about right or wrong.

  • Tim Wilde

    Yea like infection!

  • Crazy Barry

    Where do these Judges come from, that would allow an obvious extortion case like this to go forward?

  • Last of the patriots

    Get the sick thing under Anastesia, then slit the demons throat, and send it back to He** where it belongs. That how to settle that problem. These abominations, need to stay in there closets, and stop creating problems for the religious communities

  • barnjoer

    Good for them!!!??

  • Macbeth

    What ever happened to the entire topic of tort reform to rid our legal system of such frivolous and perverse litigation?

  • JWB

    It would really be appreciated if an article would be written and presented about all the compassionate and wonderful services that this awesome, Saint Joseph’s Regional Medical Center, facility offers it’s community. No judgement passed on this confused individual, but I don’t believe this story deserves the attention it has been given.

  • needful

    hospitals are for sick people,this thing needs to be put in the nearest nuthouse.

  • Gym

    This is all about “look at me; I’m in the news.” And the pre planned lawsuit. These libturds are in for a rude awakening commencing 1.21.17.

  • floral

    unneccessary surgery is generally frowned upon by even the AMA (which members btw are known for the high % of unnecessary hysterectomies). Do not doctors have the obligation to “do no harm”? Is not surgery to take out healthy organs “unnecessary and harmful”?
    Munschausen’s syndrome is at play here-

  • Wmichaelmic

    Just another pervert looking for a payday.

  • deejay02

    All he ( she) had to do was go to a non religious hospital. The government can not make a law that interferes with church cannon law. (1st Amandment).

  • dragonfire777

    Go to another hospital. Problem solved.

  • Jason Vlad Stadnik

    This psycho retarded woman decided to get fixed by choice.she knew that that hospital won’t do the surgery, but she was money hungry pig, it is not necessary, she was born as a woman.

  • Daniel Gray

    Is it a public hospital? NO. It is owned and operated by the Catholic church and when the Religious Protection Act 2017 is passed, then there is nothing that they can do and the lawsuit will be thrown out as it should be to start with

  • Sylvia Avila

    Catholic Hospital! what was this person thinking! I’m beginning to believe most of our liberal’s citizens are mentally ill or just plain stupid!!

  • Janet Weeks

    Fact:There are many hospitals that can and would be willing to perform operation, just as there are many bakeries to make a wedding cake. It is a matter of choice. So, if I chose to go to a muslim bakery as requested a cake saying “There is only one God, the God of Israel” and they refused, I should be able to sue them. I need some money now so I will start looking for a muslim bakery in my area for fast money.

  • postal67

    Should have asked me, for $100.00 I could have done it..
    I think that [He-She-it] is just that, sheeet!

  • Bob De Line

    Keep in mind what this article mentioned, this person is CONFUSED about his/her ender identity. Lambda Legal knows this and it is making another direct assault on religious liberty in the United States. We must all pray for God’s intervention and be true to Him and our beliefs. It is only another step toward persecution of Christians.

  • Bob De Line

    This confused person really needs a mental health professional to help, not the LGBT legal system, which also needs mental help.

  • Richard

    this is not a medically necessary operation – it is an elective surgery and no hospital should be forced into performing it . I hate obama and I hate liberals .