Make room for the “transabled”

What Comes After Transgender? Make room for the “transabled” and hospitals and doctors forced to perform operations that conflict with their ethical and religious principles.


American Spectator: A California Court of Appeals ruled recently that a Catholic hospital could be sued for refusing to allow a transgendered man — meaning a biological woman — to receive a hysterectomy as part of the transition process from female to legally recognized male. The hospital, Dignity Health of Sacramento, adheres to the principles of Catholic medicine, which holds that removing a healthy organ in a situation in which there is no biological pathology — which would also sterilize the patient — violates Church dogma. Tough toenails, the court ruled. The hospital discriminated based on sexual identity, and thus, the allegedly wronged patient has the right to seek redress.

The implications of the case for freedom of religion are obvious — and worthy of concerted and directed activism and advocacy. But for this discussion, I want to focus on another question that needs to be urgently pondered: Are we any longer capable as a culture of establishing any permanent limits on our accommodation of radical individualistic desires? Or to put it another way, are there any requested medical interventions so extreme, the subjective internal mental states of people so disturbed, the desired outcomes so objectively harmful, the shattering of traditional ethical norms so radical, that we will finally, like Gandalf standing against the Balrog demon in Lord of the Rings, declare boldly, “You shall not pass!”?

I am beginning to seriously doubt it. Let’s look at the ethical principles Dignity Health applied when refusing the transgender hysterectomy. They weren’t aimed at sexual identity or targeting orientation. Indeed, they are not invidious at all. Rather, they are universal moral standards the hospital applies regardless of the patient’s individual circumstances:

  • Directive 29: “All persons served by Catholic health care have the right and duty to protect and preserve their bodily and functional integrity. The functional integrity of the person may be sacrificed to maintain the health or life of the person when no other morally permissible means is available.”
  • Directive 53: “Direct sterilization of either men or women, whether permanent or temporary, is not permitted in a Catholic health care institution. Procedures that induce sterility are permitted when their direct effect is the cure or alleviation of a present and serious pathology and a simpler treatment is not available.” MORE HERE

20 Comments on Make room for the “transabled”

  1. So rights that are explicitly stated in the Constitution are subservient to rights that come out of people’s rear ends.

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  2. The question becomes at what point will the hospitals
    draw the line to the orders of evil masters?
    The “final resolution” is to close, invest elsewhere
    and leave the evil shits with the problem of filling
    the big hole they kicked in the so called health system.

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  3. Okay, laying aside for a moment my disgust at the political “trans” movement…

    Does this mean that we cannot have laws outlawing FGM because it’s “religious”?

    Catholic medicine permits organ transplants. These are ALWAYS taken from “living” persons — “brain death” and “circulatory death” are concocted euphemisms.

    A “hospital” is a building; it doesn’t have a religion. Catholic hospitals would be nowhere if they could not get licensed (is that an assault against religious liberty?) or receive taxpayer funds from medicaid and medicare.

    This issue does not involve abortion or loss of life. It’s about hundreds of years old scientifically-primitive strictures of the church that, in the case of sterilization and birth control, basically amount to the Church demanding that people control their sexual urges.

    The country and our Constitution literally are at stake right now. We do not need to give progressives fodder to scream about “extremist” Christianity. This is not a hill I want (America) to die on.

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  4. I do not like or approve of this term “transabled” and offer a more accurate construction: anthropoclast.

    From the OED:

    anthropo- — repr. Gr. ἀνθρωπο- stem and comb. form of ἄνθρωπος man.

    -clast — Gr. κλάστης breaker.

    These deviant lunatics are breaking human beings.

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  5. There is some strong bullshit here. No doctor has ever performed surgery at the point of a gun in the US. That is “forced” compliance.

    The rest is just pressure.

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  6. There should be a new class of disability widely recognized and accommodated: citizen discrimination. We here are all victims.

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  7. I guess it couldn’t go to another hospital?
    That the only one in town?
    My body; my choice – but no choice in hospitals?

    Doesn’t pass the smell test.
    This kind of shit used to be called “religious persecution.”

    izlamo delenda est …

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  8. @Tim – When I read about this lawsuit a day or two ago, the article said that the Catholic hospital arranged for the surgery to be done at another nearby hospital, and set it all up.

    The asshole anthropoclast sued anyway.

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  9. And WHEN (not if) these health facilities are threatened (if they aren’t being already) with being compelled to do things their ethics say they can’t, listen for the cries of, “Why did they choose to close? We don’t understand – they’re so unreasonable and uncaring!” from those who sought to compel them to violate their consciences.

    Atlas Shrugged is almost here in the general population.

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