SACRAMENTO COUNTY (CBS13) – An appeals court has given a Sacramento-area transgender man the green light to sue Mercy San Juan Medical Center after canceling his elected hysterectomy at the last minute.

Evan Minton

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Just two days before his scheduled hysterectomy, the doctor called saying the hospital had canceled Evan Minton’s hysterectomy. He says it happened after he mentioned to a nurse that he was transgender.

Starting in 2011, Minton began transitioning from a woman to a man. The hysterectomy was the next step in becoming who he believes he’s supposed to be.

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“I was finally able to come to terms with being trans and as soon as I accepted that, the shame that I had been carrying around my entire life just evaporated,” he said.

Dignity Health, which operates Mercy San Juan, says courts have repeatedly recognized the right of faith-based hospitals not to provide services based on their religious principles.

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Minton was able to have the procedure at another Dignity Health hospital.