Rowan Feldhaus was a woman who identified as a man. She died from septic shock after having a hysterectomy. Although less than 1 percent of women die each year from hysterectomy, surgical complications, including sepsis, can kill you. Surgical patients have a 30% chance of a complication (typically infection or fever) while in the hospital. Some 1 million people go into septic shock after surgery each year, and almost half of them die.
Transgender activists never discuss how serious hysterectomy is, and, instead, treat the subject matter quite flippantly, as the following tweets demonstrate:
Feldhaus’ legacy also includes getting Georgia courts to grant name changes for transgender people.
A woman named Evan Michael Minton is suing Mercy San Juan Medical Center, a Catholic hospital, because the hospital did not want to perform a hysterectomy on her to advance the fiction that she is a man. Another hospital in the same hospital system later did perform the surgery. Minton claims that Catholic doctrine oppresses her and causes her damage. Minton, through her counsel, the American Civil Liberties Union, fails to note that the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution guarantees freedom of religion to all people.
The Tennessee General Assembly recently passed a bill known as HB 1840 that “declares that no person providing counseling or therapy services shall be required to counsel or serve a client as to goals, outcomes, or behaviors that conflict with a sincerely held religious belief of the counselor or therapist.” Under this bill, counselors who refuse services must “coordinate a referral of the client to another counselor or therapist who will provide the service.” If Governor Bill Haslam adds his signature, Tennessee would become the only state with such a law, according to the American Counseling Association (a group whose code of ethics states that mental health professionals cannot refuse treatment on the basis of “personally held values, attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors”).
Gender Identity Watch opposes this bill.
Lisa Scott, a man who identifies as a woman, is suing CSL Plasma, Inc. (“CSL”), claiming “she attempted to give plasma at a collection center run by CSL but was rejected because she is transgender.” Although Scott submitted a request for a summary judgment, District Court Judge Joan N. Ericksen denied that motion, “on the ground that there was a genuine dispute of material fact on the record before the Court as to why Scott was rejected.” This case is set to begin trial on March 7, 2016.
A transgender man, who is a Medicaid-eligible resident of Delaware County, Pennsylvania, has filed a lawsuit against the PA Department of Human Services Secretary, Theodore Dallas. The lawsuit, filed under the pseudonym “John Doe,” claims that the denial of Doe’s request for a hysterectomy to treat gender dysphoria (“GD”) constitutes a violation of civil rights, citing “The Medicaid Act mandates that a state plan provide for making medical assistance available to all categorically needy individuals by providing, at minimum, medically necessary physician, hospital and other services, and also provide, at a minimum, payments for such services…” The lawsuit also specifies “Medically necessary procedures for GD Treatment may include hormone or other prescriptions, therapy, Gender Confirmation Surgery (“GCS” or “bottom surgery”), breast implants or removal (“top surgery”), and others, including hysterectomy, genital reconstruction, and plastic surgery, as appropriate and prescribed and medically necessary for the particular person.” Although gender reassignment surgeries have not been covered by Medicaid historically, the federal Department of Health and Human Services lifted the official ban on coverage of these treatments in May 2014. Doe’s lawsuit seeks not only compensatory and punitive damages and Medicaid coverage of treatment for Doe’s GD, but also asks the judge to end the state’s ban on covering treatment for GD for other Medicaid-eligible individuals.