The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that the state of Idaho has to pay for a gender reassignment surgery. They agreed that it is cruel and unusual punishment if the state does not pay 20-30k on cosmetic surgery for a confused prisoner. So I guess the court feels that the state should be giving out nonessential surgery for free to its prisoners. But thankfully someone has some sense, as the governor of Idaho is refusing to pay for this cosmetic surgery.
“The panel of judges agreed with U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill’s ruling in Edmo’s favor last December, writing that his findings were “logical and well-supported” and that “responsible prison officials were deliberately indifferent to Edmo’s gender dysphoria, in violation of the Eighth Amendment.”
That means Edmo could be the first transgender inmate in the nation to receive sex reassignment surgery through a court order.
Edmo is serving a 10-year prison sentence for sexually abusing a 15-year-old boy when she was 22. She is scheduled for release in 2021 and is not eligible for parole. Per Idaho Department of Correction policy, she will be transferred to a state women’s prison following the surgery.
“Idaho has 90 days to appeal the ruling to the Supreme Court. In a statement, Gov. Brad Little wrote, “We cannot divert critical public dollars away from the higher priorities of keeping the public safe and rehabilitating offenders.”
“The hardworking taxpayers of Idaho should not be forced to pay for a convicted sex offender’s gender reassignment surgery when it is contrary to the medical opinions of the treating physician and multiple mental health professionals,” he wrote.”
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So it looks like prison is going to be the place to go for those who can’t afford to get cosmetic surgery. If they allow this are they going to allow plastic surgery for those who can’t stand their appearance or implants for that matter? Taxpayers should not have to pay for this kind of treatment. It would be one thing if it was a matter of life or death, but this is nonessential and sets a bad precedent.