ABSURD: California Judge Orders State to Pay for Inmate’s Sex Change

ABSURD: California Judge Orders State to Pay for Inmate’s Sex Change

I am convinced that there is not one person with an iota of common sense left in California. Of all of the ridiculous things I’ve ever heard, using tax-payer dollars to sexually reassign a criminal probably tops the list. A close second is the assertion that denying this surgery is a infringement on this person’s Constitutional rights.


From Fox News:

A federal judge on Thursday ordered California’s corrections department to provide a transgender inmate with sex change surgery, the first time such an operation has been ordered in the state.

U.S. District Court Judge Jon Tigar in San Francisco ruled that denying sex reassignment surgery to 51-year-old Michelle-Lael Norsworthy violates her constitutional rights. Her birth name is Jeffrey Bryan Norsworthy.

The ruling marks just the second time nationwide that a judge has issued an injunction directing a state prison system to provide the surgery, said Ilona Turner, legal director at the Transgender Law Center in Oakland, which helped represent Norsworthy.

The previous order in a Massachusetts case was overturned last year and is being appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

In his ruling in California, Tigar said the surgery has actually been performed just once on an inmate, an apparent reference to a person who castrated himself in Texas then was given the surgery out of necessity.

Norsworthy, who was convicted of murder, has lived as a woman since the 1990s and has what Tigar termed severe gender dysphoria — a condition that occurs when people’s gender at birth is contrary to the way they identify themselves.

“The weight of the evidence demonstrates that for Norsworthy, the only adequate medical treatment for her gender dysphoria is SRS,” Tigar wrote, referring to sex reassignment surgery.

I find it exceptionally hard to believe that the taxpayers themselves have to pay for a very personal surgery. This person should have to work for the money to pay for it like the rest of us.

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