Augmentation Mammaplasty for Male-to-Female Transexuals: A Case Study for Catholic Hospitals
Guevin, Benedict M.
National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly 2009 Autumn; 9(3): 453-458
The author explores whether Catholic hospitals should be required by law to perform augmentation mammaplasty on male-to-female transsexuals. The case involves a male-to-female transsexual who presented at a Catholic hospital for breast augmentation surgery. The hospital refused and was sued on the basis of a violation of the Unruh Civil Rights Act. The hospital formulated a policy on how to deal with such cases in the future. It determined that the same standards that apply to any woman be applied here, since the mammaplasty was not part of the actual transgender surgery. The author argues that augmentation mammaplasty is part of the transgendering process and illicit for a Catholic hospital to perform. Legislation protecting Catholic hospitals from having to perform abortions should be expanded to include transsexual reassignment surgery in all of its stages.
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