“Vacaville Inmate Sues State For Sex Change Surgery”

by Walter Olson on April 27, 2011

An inmate convicted of murder in 2002 has made it to the appeals court level with a suit against the California Corrections Department’s policy that “sexual reassignment surgery is not a covered benefit.” [KCBS]


1 mojo 04.27.11 at 9:42 am

I think someone needs to explain the difference between “prison” and “Club Med” to somebody. You have NO right to elective surgery.


2 John Burgess 04.27.11 at 11:28 am

I’m sure it’s being argued that this is not elective surgery. It is surgery necessary for the mental well-being of the patient, without which s/he will suffer psychological torment. Thus, it is both cruel and unusual to deny the surgery.

3 mojo 04.27.11 at 12:33 pm

Life is tough. Especially when you’re an inmate.

4 J.T. Wenting 04.28.11 at 11:04 am

I wonder if it will also demand transfer to an all women correctional facility after the operation…

5 Bob Lipton 04.28.11 at 1:42 pm

Or before.


6 William Nuesslein 04.29.11 at 10:37 am

John Hopkins did a study of those having sex-change operations many years ago. The idea was that some poor souls were in distress because of their sex status. The study indicated that the operations did’nt really improve the patient’s disposition.

See http://www.narth.com/docs/johnhopkins.html

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