Religious hospital denies transgender man's lawsuit claims

A Roman Catholic hospital in New Jersey has denied that it discriminated against a transgender man who sued after it refused to allow his surgeon to perform a hysterectomy procedure.



Saint Joseph's Healthcare System says that a ruling in Jionni Conforti's favor would violate its federal and state constitutional right to freedom of religion. The hospital filed its response to the lawsuit last week in federal court.



The 33-year-old Totowa man had scheduled the surgery at St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center in Paterson in 2015. But he alleges in the lawsuit that a hospital administrator then told him that the procedure to remove the uterus couldn't be done because it was a "Catholic hospital."



Conforti is seeking monetary damages and a requirement the hospital perform any needed medical care for transgender patients.



The Associated Press wire services helped contribute to this report.


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