Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare (MLH) in Memphis has been issued an ultimatum by the American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee after the hospital canceled surgery for a 19-year-old transgender patient.
The hospital adopted a policy that no longer allows “gender-affirming” care to those identifying as transgender or non-binary a few days before Chris Evans’ scheduled surgery. Evans was allegedly notified of the cancellation on November 21st.
ACLU-TN Staff Attorney Lucas Cameron-Vaughn called the hospital’s decision discriminatory.
“Denial of healthcare results in life-threatening situations for all patients,” said Cameron-Vaughn. “Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare is risking the lives of its patients by jumping into culture wars. Discrimination does not belong in healthcare.”