HARTFORD, Connecticut, June 30, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — A Connecticut hospital network will force women to share rooms with biological men who claim to be women. According to Hartford HealthCare, the new policy stems from a spirit of “cultural humility.”
Hartford HealthCare is a network of hospitals serving 185 towns, with 33,000 employees, including 4,000 medical staff, and an operating revenue of $4.3 billion. The network released a statement Monday describing a “major step” on its “journey to cultural humility” involving “establishing a policy for assigning hospital beds to transgender patients.”
The policy, which was two years in the making and has been in place since last fall, states that the healthcare network is committed “to identifying gender-affirming room assignments.”
According to the policy, “transgender patients will be assigned to rooms based on their self-identified gender, regardless of whether this is consistent with their physical appearance, surgical history, genitalia, legal sex, sex assigned at birth or name and sex as it appears in hospital records.”
“It’s about the level of acceptance humans have toward others’ differences,” said Gerard Lupacchino, senior vice president of “human experience” at Hartford HealthCare, adding that patient needs should not be exclusively based “assumptions about preferences based on race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity or other factors.”
Lupacchino said that if a private hospital room is available and needed, any patient may request one, referring to “transgender” patients who want a private room due to “safety concerns.”
It is unclear whether similar accommodation would be granted to a female patient who might not feel safe if forced to share a room with a man.
The press release says Hartford HealthCare is “evolving from cultural competence to cultural humility.”
“Part of the commitment is acknowledging that an individual’s conscious and unconscious biases can inform reactions and, therefore, the care patients receive,” the statement reads.
In the past, Hartford HealthCare’s hospital beds were assigned to patients according to the biological sex reflected on their birth certificates. The hospital did not have specific policy to deal with patients who “have a gender identity that is not fully congruent with their assigned sex at birth.”
The release explains that while some patients “have had surgical intervention to align their minds and bodies … not all have taken such steps.”
Hospital registration staff will now use the hospital system’s new “Sexual Orientation and Gender Identification” data fields in its medical record system to input “sexual orientation, gender identity, sex assigned at birth, preferred pronouns and steps taken or planned to transition,” if provided by the patient.
“I suspect we will get to the point where registration colleagues will ask all patients and customers for their gender and sexual identity,” said Luppachino. “This is emerging as standard practice in most larger systems and is an important step in creating an equitable experience for our transgender patients.”
Hartford HealthCare’s policy is not unique. Under new interpretations of Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act and the 1964 Civil Rights Act, it would be a violation of federal law for hospitals to “discriminate” against “transgender” individuals by requiring they use rooms or facilities that align with their actual sex.
In 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under President Barack Obama redefined sex discrimination in Section 1557 to include a person’s “internal sense of gender, which may be male, female, neither, or a combination of male and female.”
The rule was blocked in December of that year, but there remained a possibility it could be revived by a future court.
Hungary recently took a major step to protect children from having their innocence destroyed and being sexualized by LGBT propaganda in schools and by pornography in the mass media.
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Since passage of the bill the fake news outlets from Europe to America have predictably begun to fabricate outrage and, or, simply lie about the contents of the bill. And, the corrupt European Union has also now started to attack Hungary's efforts to protect children.
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The bill, which was passed last week, specifically prohibits showing pornographic material or content portraying homosexuality or transgenderism to minors under the age of 18. Other measures include a registry of sex offenders, regulations on sexual education, and stronger policies against child pornography.
This policy is to be welcomed as a pro-active measure against the liberal and LGBT propaganda machine which is steadily encroaching on Hungary's borders, and which threatens to tear down Christian civilization altogether.
Indeed, the same week that this law was passed in Hungary, Vienna's (Austria) deputy mayor distributed "Rainbow Family" information boxes to 350 kindergartens in the Austrian capital. And, Vienna is only about 50 miles from the Hungarian border!
But, never satisfied with corrupting the children of their own countries, LGBT activists and their accomplices in the EU have been quick to castigate Hungary, claiming that the Budapest government has "discriminated" against homosexuals with their law to protect children, and in doing so, has violated EU law.
However, Hungary's Justice Minister, Judit Varga, set the record straight in an interview with Hungarian journalists, stating:
"This is one of a number of declarations declaring certain Hungarian measures to be contrary to EU law without a thorough examination. The fake news that has taken wing in these statements is completely unfounded.
In Hungary's view, the legislation has nothing to do with EU law. The issue of subsidiarity and constitutional, national identity is a matter for the Member States. Furthermore, the European Charter of Human Rights also says that a parent has the right to determine the direction of their children's development in a culturally traditional background."
And, more broadly, Viktor Orbán, Hungary's Prime Minister, had this to say about Hungary's new law:
"The current left-wing campaign against Hungary is further proof that today, the left is the enemy of freedom, because instead of freedom of speech, they want political correctness as defined by them, and hegemony of opinion instead of a pluralism of ideas.
The new Hungarian law does not conflict with any lofty ideals or European laws. The new Hungarian law simply states clearly that only parents can decide on the sexual education of their children. Education in schools must not be in conflict with the will of parents; it must at most be supplementary, its form and content must be clearly defined and it must be subject to parental consent.
Parents also rightly expect that on platforms used by our children, pornography, sexuality for its own sake, homosexuality and gender reassignment programs should not be available. These restrictions must also be defined with surgical precision. In Hungary, no one has a say in how adults live their lives. In our view, a free adult should not have to give an account of his life in front of any secular authority — only before God when the time comes."
Please SIGN and SHARE this urgent petition which supports the government of Hungary in their passage of this pro-active child protection measure banning LGBT propaganda and pornography for under-18s.
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'Hungary passes law against homosexuality, prime minister renews vow to ‘protect our children’' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/hungary-passes-law-against-homosexuality-prime-minister-renews-vow-to-protect-our-children
'Hungary bans promotion of homosexuality, transgenderism to minors' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/hungary-bans-promotion-of-homosexuality-transgenderism-to-minors
'EU to take legal action against Hungary’s anti-pedophilia bill' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/eu-to-take-legal-action-against-hungarys-anti-pedophilia-bill
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In July 2020, President Trump rescinded the Obama-era interpretation, with the HHS under Trump announcing it would “enforce Section 1557 by returning to the government’s interpretation of sex discrimination according to the plain meaning of the word ‘sex’ as male or female and as determined by biology.”
Trump’s revisions were blocked by a federal judge in August 2020.
As of May 2021, the Biden administration’s HHS, headed by radical pro-abortion secretary Xavier Becerra, announced it will officially interpret Section 1557 to include “discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation” as well as “discrimination on the basis of gender identity.”
The new decision was made in light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Bostock v. Clayton County (2020) that added “sex discrimination” into the 1964 Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.