Yesterday was my day of bravery. I left my home, alone and unsupported in my moment of challenge. A short drive and I arrived at the place where I would offer myself for assessment and potential discomfort.
Yes, I went to the dentist to have my teeth cleaned. Having my teeth cleaned isn’t painful, but my dentist is thorough almost always finds something that requires further attention. Perhaps a cavity or a crack in a tooth. Yesterday, she recommended a cap for a crumbling molar; I said I’ll procrastinate until my next cleaning. Getting a tooth cap isn’t physically painful, but financially so.
A couple years ago, my dentist sent me to a specialized oral surgeon to have some specialized work on my very special gums. The doctor did a fine job and it didn’t hurt much (physically).
I like my dentist and have great confidence in her judgement and skills. But she doesn’t do the specialized work she sent me down the road to receive. And it never occurred to me to demand she do the work – or sue her if she refused. I don’t think it makes sense to force someone to poke around in your mouth who doesn’t want to be there.
So…I’m mentioning all this to cautiously sneak into the subject of sex-transition surgery. This is both more serious and more silly than dentistry. But like dentistry, it requires certain skills and isn’t to be taken lightly.
I recently read about a woman who wants to be a man, for which she wants to undergo surgery. The thought of such surgery is inconceivable to me. And such surgery is inconceivable to the private Catholic hospital where the woman desiring manhood asked to have her surgery.
The hospital explained that it is Catholic and doesn’t do surgery that runs counter to God’s plan, which doesn’t include trying to surgically convert women to men. As could easily be predicted, the woman and the hospital now are embroiled in a lawsuit. The woman says she has suffered terrible discrimination and, of course, is getting help from the American Civil Liberties Union.
As I said earlier, this is both serious and silly. It is serious because a Catholic hospital should never have to defend its practice of the Catholic faith. And it is silly because, well, I can’t imagine suing someone to operate on a part of me they don’t want to operate on – especially THOSE parts.