A legal organization is making the argument that a “transgender” issue trumps a person’s religious beliefs.
A woman going by the name of "Ari Robbins" who suffers from a mental affliction called “gender dysphoria,” sought to have gender-reassignment surgery at Swedish Plastics and Aesthetics in Seattle, Washington – her first attempted step toward living as a man.
Two and a half weeks before the scheduled surgery date, the physician canceled – based on not having the expertise to handle transgender patients.
Robbins subsequently had the surgery in Idaho, but then sued the Washington doctor, with the legal representation of lawyers from the left-leaning American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
Joseph Backholm, who serves with the Family Policy Institute of Washington (FPIW), argues that what the Seattle physician did was the right thing to do – and commendable in the medical profession.
“Don't we want our medical professionals to feel free to tell us if they don't think they're the best people to help us?” Backholm reasoned. “I would be very uncomfortable living in a world where a doctor might feel like they were not the best person to help me, but would feel obligated to do it anyway for fear that I might sue them.”
It is contended that the real target is not just the doctor, but the surgery facility, which is a Catholic institution that the ACLU is most likely attacking because it has it is rooted in biblical beliefs about human sexuality.
“They, of course, have opinions about gender, and I have no idea if that is actually relevant here, but it does touch on a larger issue that we are dealing with, [which] is whether the state can force faith-based medical providers to do things that are in violation of their beliefs,” Backholm explained.
The ACLU has filed several lawsuits against faith-based medical facilities in the past that have declined to mutilate the bodies of transgender patients – facilities that have also refused to commit abortions.