Attorneys for St. Joseph Hospital in Eureka filed a motion to quash a lawsuit alleging discrimination by the hospital for refusing to perform hysterectomy because the patient was transgender.

The motion, filed July 12, claims the complaint fails to allege intentional discrimination by St. Joseph.

“Indeed the complaint presents a direct attack on St. Joseph’s right to be a Catholic hospital because St. Joseph adheres to the binding Catholic doctrine, including the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Heather Care Services,” the legal filing states.

The lawsuit, filed in March, alleges Eureka resident Oliver Knight’s civil rights were violated. Knight was scheduled to have a hysterectomy at St. Joseph Hospital in August 2017 but after being prepped and readied for surgery — something that was “uncomfortable and triggering” — Knight was told the hospital canceled the surgery because Knight is transgender.

The hospital maintains it does not discriminate.

“St. Joseph Hospital does not discriminate based on sexual orientation or gender identity,” the hospital said in a statement provided by spokesperson Christina Harris. “We value all people and strive to ensure every patient under our care is treated with dignity and respect. We pride ourselves on providing quality, compassionate health care to everyone who comes to us for care, regardless of race, color, religion, creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or any other protected status.”

The American Civil Liberties Union and an Oakland-based law firm are representing Knight in the case.

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